CLIMATE CHANGE/CENTRAL AMERICA/JOE BIDEN/NATURAL DISASTERS: “I’m keeping in my prayers all of our friends and neighbors in Hurricane Iota’s path and those impacted by Hurricane Eta across Central America. The increasing frequency of these powerful storms is another reason that fighting climate change will be one of my top priorities.“ ––Joe Biden, Twitter.com, November 17, […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP BUSINESS: “For years, the Trump Organization used undocumented workers to tend to its hotels, golf courses and other properties, even as Donald Trump railed against the threat of illegal immigration as both a candidate and president. This year, faced with a public reckoning after some of those workers came forward, the organization has […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador have all signed historic Asylum Cooperation Agreements and are working to end the scourge of human smuggling. To further accelerate this progress, the U.S. will shortly be approving targeted assistance in the areas of law enforcement & security.”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 16, 2019 1:44 pm […]

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AGRICULTURE/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a bid to strengthen an asylum deal forged between Guatemala’s outgoing president and the United States, a U.S. official offered on Monday [8-19-19] to triple the number of temporary farmworker visas available to Guatemalans. Last month, under threat of painful sanctions issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, Guatemala’s Jimmy Morales […]

Read More… from 8/20/2019


CENTRAL AMERICA/CUBA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “There is a new hint of life in the dilapidated downtown of Ciudad Juárez, which residents abandoned as a recession and drug gang murders ravaged the city a decade ago. Thousands of Cubans, waiting in limbo for a decision on their requests for asylum in the United States, have made the […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump struck an agreement last week to require thousands of Central American migrants to seek asylum in Guatemala before coming to the United States. But the White House ceremony to hail what the president called a ‘landmark’ measure — one that could transform the American immigration system — almost […]

Read More… from 8/2/2019


CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Guatemala’s refugee agency meets only sporadically and operates on a bare-bones basis, adding to doubts about how the crime-wracked, impoverished Central American country will cope with a surge in asylum-seekers under a deal signed with Washington. Guatemala’s shortcomings raise doubts about U.S. migration deal signed with Washington.Under Friday’s [8-2-19] accord, Guatemala […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The US signed an asylum agreement Friday [7-26-19] afternoon with Guatemala that could limit the ability of some Central American migrants to claim asylum in the US. The agreement, which President Donald Trump announced in the Oval Office, commits Guatemala to extend asylum to migrants who seek it when they’re moving […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Friday [7-26-19] again sought to block migrants from Central America from seeking asylum, announcing an agreement with Guatemala to require people who travel through that country to seek refuge from persecution there instead of in the United States. American officials said the deal could go into effect within […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Declaring that ‘Guatemala has not been good,’ President Trump threatened on Tuesday [7-23-19] to retaliate against the country for not signing an immigration deal. He said his administration was considering imposing tariffs on Guatemalan exports or taxing money sent home by migrants. The deal, called a ‘safe third country’ agreement, would […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Guatemala, which has been forming Caravans and sending large numbers of people, some with criminal records, to the United States, has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go. Now we are looking at the ‘BAN,’….” –Donald Trump, […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/POLLS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Mexico has sharply reduced migration across its territory toward the United States, officials say, and recent polls suggest hardening local attitudes toward migrants who remain in the country. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced Monday [7-22-19] that Mexico had reduced northward migration by 36.2%. He credited the National Guard and a tightening […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Long before a surge of migrants from Central America overwhelmed the southwestern border, the Trump administration was already waging a broad assault on the rules determining who can seek asylum in the United States. But on Monday [7-15-19], the administration announced one of its most restrictive rules yet for a system, […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/ELECTION/FOREIGN POLICY/HISPANICS/IMMIGRATION/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Trump’s ‘racist invective’ and called for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and a new foreign policy direction in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of his presidential campaign’s first glimpse of his immigration policy. Biden’s announcement, which appeared Monday […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday [6-21-19] proposed reinstating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that was cut off by the Trump administration because thousands of their citizens sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico. The proposal was tucked […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to send Central American migrants caught along the southern border to Border Patrol stations “across the entire nation,’ according to a senior Border Patrol official who confirmed the plans Friday. With more than 4,500 people being caught each day crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency has […]

Read More… from 5/17/2019


CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/FOREIGN AID/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives committee moved on Thursday [5-9-19] toward restoring hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Central America that was cut off by President Donald Trump, setting up a potential showdown with the White House. A House Appropriations subcommittee released a draft of […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is preparing an economic relief package for Venezuela that would put United States dollars directly into the hands of Venezuelans in the event that the government of President Nicolás Maduro falls. Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House’s National Economic Council, disclosed the outlines of the […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After many years (decades), Mexico is apprehending large numbers of people at their Southern Border, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They have ALL been taking U.S. money for years, and doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for us, just like the Democrats in Congress!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 2, 2019 9:41 am […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump, in his most recent rebuke of Central American nations for what he says is their failure to address the issue of migration, announced plans to cut off aid to three nations — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — known as the Northern Triangle. Critics of the cuts say they […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/FOREIGN AID/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Friday [3-29-19] that there would be a ‘very good likelihood’ that he would seal off the United States border with Mexico next week, even as he moved to punish Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for migrant caravans by cutting off all foreign aid to the countries. […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump criticized Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on Thursday [3-28-19] for accepting monetary aid from the United States but doing nothing in return, a day after his homeland security secretary struck what she described as a historic agreement with three of those same countries to help strengthen security on […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!” –Donald Trump, […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [1-23-19] that ‘Honduras is doing nothing’ to stop migrant caravans from coming toward the US, less than a day after Vice President Mike Pence praised Honduras for its efforts to stop caravans…The President has been a frequent critic of granting foreign aid to Central American […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s efforts to halt migrant caravans and limit asylum have not deterred Central American minors and members of their families from rushing toward the USA, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday [1-9-19]. Border Patrol agents apprehended 27,518 members of family units in December, […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “US President Donald Trump and Mexico’s top immigration officials painted sharply different pictures Tuesday [12-11-18] of the large groups of Central American migrants at the border. On Twitter and during a live televised meeting in the Oval Office, Trump said migrants in the so-called caravan he’d been warning about for weeks […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s efforts to dramatically cut asylum applications were challenged in two federal court hearings on Monday [11-19-18], and the rulings by each judge will ultimately determine how many members of the migrant caravan will be able to enter the U.S. Hundreds of the Central American caravan members have already […]

Read More… from 11/19/2018


BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/COURTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Monday [11-19-18] ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States, dealing at least a temporary setback to the president’s attempt to clamp down on a huge wave of Central Americans crossing the border. Judge […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS/RALLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As he barnstorms the country trying to help Republican allies, President Trump has offered voters this fall a litany of misleading statements and falsehoods that exaggerate even legitimate accomplishments and distort opponents’ views beyond the typical bounds of political spin. In the past couple of weeks alone, the president has […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/ELECTION/IMMIGRATION/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Already, President Trump has sent 1,000 military forces to the Southwest border in a decision he said will protect Americans from a caravan of migrants coming from Central America. He has pledged to deploy at least 4,000 more troops by the week’s end, as part of a last-ditch effort to galvanize […]

Read More… from 10/30/2018


BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DEFENSE/IMMIGRATION/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “More than 5,000 active-duty military troops will deploy to the southern border by the end of this week, Defense Department officials said on Monday [10-29-18], an escalation of a midterm election show of force against a caravan of Central American migrants that President Trump has characterized as an ‘invasion of […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal immigration and health officials were blindsided by President Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on migrants crossing the southwest border, triggering a cascade of problems as agencies struggled with the fallout from family separations, congressional investigators said in a critical report issued Wednesday [10-24-18]. The investigation by the nonpartisan Government Accountability […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/KELLYANNE CONWAY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is tweeting about the caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the U.S. southern border, though his White House rejects the suggestion that he is fearmongering. Trump tweeted Wednesday [10-24-18] that the U.S. ‘will never accept people coming into our Country illegally!’ He also argued that Europe […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s remarks in recent days about a caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the United States have stirred up a political frenzy — in the process distorting reality and ignoring basic facts. Such caravans are nothing new — a smaller one formed last spring, and similar caravans have […]

Read More… from 10/23/2018


CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 22, 2018 7:57 am […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/CONSPIRACY THEORY/DEMS/ELECTION/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [10-18-18] amped up his focus on immigration ahead of the midterm elections by claiming, without evidence, that Democrats were behind a group of Central American migrants trying to reach the U.S…Returning to the first issue that helped him vanquish more than a dozen Republican rivals […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand moving through Guatemala on Wednesday [10-17-18], defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal.The caravan has grown steadily since it left the Honduran city of San […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S…..” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 18, […]

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BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A caravan of migrants, nearly all of them Hondurans, is making its way north through Guatemala toward Mexico and the United States. It is the latest, and certainly the largest, iteration of a phenomenon that has occurred from time to time: big groups of Central Americans joining together to face the […]

Read More… from 10/18/2018