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September 17, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered

In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border to the United States this summer. The number of migrants crossing… read more »

Cuba

September 14, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: Diplomacy with Cuba: Something to shout about

When President Obama described our role in assembling the coalition the United States will lead into war, he called it “America at its best.” But, when a State Department spokesperson took a question about U.S. cooperation with Cuba on an issue of “security and safety,” she reacted like a character in Harry Potter reluctant… read more »

Cuba

September 12, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Roar of the Lion, and the Sound of a Whisper

When President Obama described our role in assembling the coalition the United States will lead into war, he called it “America at its best.” But, when a State Department spokesperson took a question about U.S. cooperation with Cuba on an issue of “security and safety,” she reacted like a character… read more »

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September 9, 2014 |

Report from the Border

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McAllen, Texas was the center of a media and political storm that hit the U.S. in June. By then, the gradual but consistent rise in the numbers of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of Central America had reached dramatic proportions.

Cuba

September 5, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Rubio’s Secret: His China Policy Would Work Great in Cuba

Senator Marco Rubio is on to something. He’s already put together a smart replacement for his ineffective Cuba policy. He just doesn’t know it yet. It’s his China policy. Late last week, we circulated the stunning news unearthed by the Tampa Bay Times captured by this appropriately stunning headline: “Chinese… read more »

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September 5, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: August 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, augusto 2014

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The early summer months of 2014 will be remembered as a frightening time for the Central American children that found their way to the southern border of the United States. There, thousands of unaccompanied Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran minors and mothers with children crossed the Rio Grande River onto U.S. soil and waited to be detained by the Border Patrol. The humanitarian crisis in South Texas evolved into a political crisis as the story made headlines for weeks. It left the U.S. Congress roiling, but still unable to act. The paralysis on the Hill, in turn, forced the Obama Administration to begin a politically fraught plan for executive action on immigration reform.

Cuba

August 29, 2014 |

STATEMENT BY SARAH STEPHENS RESPONDING TO TAMPA BAY TIMES NEWS STORY

Washington, D.C. – The Tampa Bay Times reports this evening that two, top staff members for Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) took junkets to China which were financed by China’s government. The paper identified them as Sally Canfield, deputy chief of staff to Rubio, and Arthur Estopinan, chief of staff to Ros-Lehtinen.

Cuba

August 29, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Labor Day Weekend “No Apologies” Edition

Dear Friends: Thank you for welcoming us back. While we were on holiday last week, the Associated Press reported, “The U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.” Did the AP get… read more »

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