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Costa Rica prevents massive entry of Africans and Asians headed for the U.S.

Costa Rica prevented the entry of the majority of African and Asian migrants who are in Panama, near the Paso Canoas border post, with the intention of passing through Costa Rica on their way north, their final destination the United States. Michael Soto, Minister of...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

How the American dream died on the US-Mexico border

Milson, from Honduras, sits with his 14-year-old daughter, Loany, on the reedy riverbank beside the bridge connecting Matamoros, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, with downtown Brownsville, Texas, across the Rio Grande. On the far reach – a few yards but another world away –...

OAS Report: Situation of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Costa Rica

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) today published a Report on the "Situation of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in Costa Rica," which addresses the situation in which some 40,000 Venezuelans who have emigrated or fled to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is...

Venezuelan exodus at 4 million since 2015

The UNHCR refugee agency said since November alone 1 million Venezuelans had fled their country gripped by the standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his opponent, self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. Four million Venezuelans have fled their crisis-torn homeland in little over four years, say...

Migrant Children Trapped in Mexico Are Leaving Their Families and Crossing the Border Alone

Children of migrants, trapped in Mexico by the U.S. government’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, are leaving their parents and presenting themselves at the border alone. “Se están tirando,” people say about these children — Spanish for “they’re throwing themselves,” or “they’re launching,” and the phrase...

How The U.S. Created The Central American Migration Crisis

THE NATIONAL MEMO -- It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the...

Remittances to Central America are caught in Trump’s line of fire

As political tensions between Central American countries and the US ramp up, the cash flows are being caught in the line of fire. US president Donald Trump has begun to use remittances as a political weapon; in July he threatened Guatemala that unless it agreed...

U.S. denies requesting Costa Rica immigration pact

Sharon Day, the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, clarified that her government has not asked Costa Rica to sign an immigration pact like the one he signed with Guatemala, which has unleashed strong criticism. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after a...

US Bill Would Shut Doors to Central Americans

(HW.org) The United States Senate Judiciary Committee on August 1, 2019, forwarded a bill to the full Senate that would all but shut US doors to Central American refugees, Human Rights Watch said today. The Secure and Protect Act (S.1494), introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham,...

El Salvador To Send Migrants To Work In Australia

The Government of El Salvador asked Australia for "temporary visas" for rural farmers to work in that country and thus prevent more Salvadorans from deciding to migrate illegally to the United States. The head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Rolando Castro, told...

Mexico not ready for safe third country agreement with U.S.: ambassador

(Reuters) - Mexico is not ready to sign a safe third country agreement with the Trump administration regarding asylum seekers at their shared border, the Mexican ambassador to the United States said on Thursday. Martha Barcena, speaking at an event in Washington, said the United...

Latest plan by U.S. to deny Central American asylum seekers protection is illegal

QZ.com - The Trump administration introduced a new rule that would essentially ban Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the US today, the latest attempt to radically rewrite US immigration policy outside of Congress. The new rule, issued jointly by the Department of Justice...

U.S. cuts hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico. The plan...

Venezuelan migrants face tougher border policy in Peru

AGUAS VERDES, Peru (AP) — Tired and thirsty, Betania Ramírez crossed into Peru on Friday with her 1-year-old girl in her arms and her 8-year-old boy beside her. Ramírez has no friends or relatives in Peru, and some of her luggage was stolen as she...

Migración arrested 15 undocumented immigrants in Fraijanes and will deport them

The immigration police (Migración) swept the area of Laguna de Friajanes, in Alajuela, and arrested 15 foreigners who were in the country illegally, who will be deported to the country of origin, Nicaragua. In Friday's operation, checked were another 389 foreigners. All had their documents...

Migrants through remittances prevent further collapse of the Nicaraguan economy

Remittances (remesas in Spanish) are the only source of support for the Nicaraguan economy, hit by rising unemployment, the decline in foreign and domestic investment, the reduction of exports, the credit drought and the deterioration of the purchasing power of households, such as consequence...

‘Don’t get comfortable’: Trump says CA migrants will be ‘sent home’

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the ‘National Emergency' on the United States border with Mexico, saying that migrants from Central America - "the bad 'hombres,' of which there are many, are being detained...

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Mexico Prepares for New Migrant Exodus Heading to the US

Authorities from Mexico and Central America met Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of new migrant caravans that intend to head to the United States, Hector Gandini, the spokesman for the Mexican Ministry of the Interior said. Mexico's National Institute of Migration's commissioner, Tonatiuh Guillen,...

US Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Attempt to Reinstate Asylum Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco denied Friday the Donald Trump Administration's judicial maneuver to delay Judge Jon Tigar's order blocking enforcement of its asylum policy. "We agree with the district court that the rule is likely inconsistent with...

Handful of caravan migrants launch hunger strike at U.S. border

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - A handful of the thousands of Central American migrants camped out at the U.S.-Mexican border waiting to plead their case for asylum in the United States launched a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican police blocking their way. Members...

‘There Were Children,’ says Migrant Mother Tear-gassed at US Border

TIJUANA, MEXICO (VOANews) A migrant mother photographed running with her daughters from tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border said she never expected the U.S. Border Patrol to fire gas canisters at children and families. After traveling north from Honduras and spending a week in the...

Migrant caravan ignites ‘xenophobia’ in Tijuana as protesters shout ‘get out!’

Hundreds of residents of Tijuana gathered on Sunday to demonstrate against the migrant caravan, shouting "no to invasion" and "Mexico for Mexicans", while others condemned the protest, calling it racist and xenophobic. At least 3,000 migrants are in Tijuana, a Mexican city close to the...

Man’s harrowing journey to US underscores immigration shift

(Associated Press) — The young man traversed Andean mountains, plains and cities in buses, took a harrowing boat ride in which five fellow migrants drowned, walked through thick jungle for days, and finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border. Then Abdoulaye Camara, from the poor West African...

Majority of US-Bound Migrants Refuse Asylum in Mexico

The majority of Central American migrants, who have been staying in a temporary accommodation center in Mexico City on their way to the United States have refused to receive the status of refugees in Mexico, the country’s Interior Ministry said. The migrants had also refused...

Exiles tell their dramas

They fled. In six months of socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, more than 23,000 people have left the country because they believe their lives are in danger, after participating in anti-government protests. Many of the Nicaraguans who have taken refuge in Costa Rica entered that country...

Honduras migrant caravan organizer detained in Guatemala

(Merco Press) The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as the U.S. government threatened to withdraw aid from both countries and El Salvador if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped. Up to...

Nicaraguan Migrants Fleeing Turmoil Test Costa Rica’s Good Will

(NYT) - PEÑAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica — The three men, fearing for their lives, left their homes in western Nicaragua under the cover of night. A taxi drove them south for hours. At a bend in a road, they got out, walked through scrubland...

Daniel Ortega will ask Costa Rica to deliver refugees who fled from justice

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Wednesday, before thousands of Nicaraguans who ratified their support for the Sandinista Government, he would ask Costa Rica to hand over Nicaraguan refugees who committed crimes in the context of a political crisis. Ortega said he will ask Costa Rica...

Number of Nicaraguan Migrants’ requests to Costa Rica Decreases

The Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, said on Tuesday that they are not suffering from an immigration disorder. "We are not in a situation that forces us to declare a national emergency, or that we already exceed our capabilities." During an interview on a radio...

Costa Rica gets international help to strengthen migrant care

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will expand the technical and financial cooperation offered to the immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME)  with the aim of strengthening its services to the public, given the increase in the number of...

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