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November 3, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: Octubre 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, octubre 2014

Living in a time of Ebola reminds us that diseases and other hazards are never confined by borders. While no cases of Ebola have been reported in Latin America, Archbishop Romero Airport in El Salvador is ready to take temperatures of incoming passengers, has prepared a quarantine area, and has 50 biohazard suits on hand. Of more immediate concern for the region, however, are chikungunya and dengue, both mosquito-borne viruses that are rarely deadly but which can be very painful.

October 7, 2014 |

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.

October 1, 2014 |

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 »

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 »

September 9, 2014 |

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.

September 5, 2014 |

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.

August 5, 2014 |

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.

July 25, 2014 |

José Miguel Cruz: The real failure in Central America

The failure to manage the crisis of Central American child refugees at the Mexican border is not only about the inability to enact a comprehensive immigration policy reform. The real problem is the failure to build transparent and competent criminal justice institutions in Central America, especially after millions of American… read more »

July 2, 2014 |

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!”

June 10, 2014 |

Mike Farrell: Small Business

Mike Farrell, Huffington Post – Returning to El Salvador after 25 years is a step through time featuring vast changes and too much of the same old same old. No longer is the roadway from the now-more-modern airport littered with corpses to warn those seeking an end to “La Represión,” a… read more »