Author Archive for: Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: September 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, septiembre 2014
September 18th was a notable day for El Salvador. The U.S. finally approved disbursement of the $277 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development grant, former president Francisco Flores, who had been charged with embezzlement and went into hiding for 123 days, was ordered from house arrest to jail, and Francisco Altschul presented his credentials to President Obama for the second time as El Salvador’s Ambassador to the U.S.
LINDA GARRETT: Obama Administration Opens Door to Some Central American Children
When the New York Times reported yesterday that President Obama had “approved a plan to allow several thousand young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the United States,” we decided to take a quick look. The program will allow some children — perhaps 4000 —… read more »
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 »
Report from the Border
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.
El Salvador Update: August 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, augusto 2014
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.
El Salvador Update: July 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, julio 2014
For the first time since the 1980s, Central America is on Washington’s radar. On this occasion, however, it is not the perceived threat of a communist invasion on the Texas border that has prompted attention, but the seemingly sudden arrival on that border of an unprecedented wave of children from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
El Salvador Update: June 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, junio 2014
On June 1st, Salvador Sánchez Cerén was sworn in as President of El Salvador with all due pomp and ceremony. The former guerrilla commander’s acceptance speech was widely praised as conciliatory, and the exuberant President later told supporters, “I struggled for 50 years for my dreams, and now I am here, President of the Republic!”
El Salvador Update: May 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, mayo 2014
Salvador Sánchez Cerén, El Salvador’s President-elect, devoted the month before his June 1st inauguration to diplomatic visits, cabinet appointments, and political negotiations. He continued his good will mission, reassuring the international community that the FMLN (Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional) is prepared for an “honest and transparent” administration.
El Salvador Update: April 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, abril 2014
El Salvador’s President-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén and Vice President-elect Óscar Ortiz of the FMLN reached out to the opposition even before the electoral dust had settled. Following a tough campaign, a close finish, and contested results, the FMLN organized amicable meetings with ARENA and with leaders of ANEP, the private enterprise group, and all agreed to maintain a “permanent dialogue” after the Easter holidays.
El Salvador Update: March 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, marzo 2014
Two weeks of tension and uncertainty followed El Salvador’s shockingly close March 9th presidential runoff election. The ARENA party refused to accept the results, charging systematic fraud and bias on the part of election officials. The party mounted a series of street demonstrations and filed multiple legal appeals before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the Supreme Court, demanding a total recount.