Tag: Central America

‘This Takes Away All Hope’: Rule Bars Most Applicants for Asylum in U.S.

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of people fleeing persecution, most from Central America, line up at the United States’ southern border every day hoping for asylum. They wait for months, their names slowly crawling up a hand-drawn list until they are allowed to present their case to American immigration authorities. After the United States Supreme Court […]

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Beyond Ending Trump’s Policies, Democrats Largely Skirt Questions About Their Immigration Plans

WASHINGTON — One Democratic candidate would post asylum officers at the border to decide immigration cases on the spot. Others would create an entirely new court system outside the Justice Department. Some have suggested reinstating a program that would allow Central American minors to apply for refugee status in their home countries. The Democrats running […]

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Shock Corridor

As reports exposing the shockingly brutal conditions at immigrant detention centers have drawn comparisons to ethnic detention compounds under authoritarian regimes, it becomes ever more pressing for the country’s vast immigration bureaucracy to lean on whatever prestige it can muster at the height of the Trump border crackdown. And like everything else connected with this […]

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Court Declines to Block New Trump Administration Rule Barring Most Asylum Petitions

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday let stand a new rule that bars migrants who failed to apply for asylum in at least one country on their way to the southwest border from obtaining protections in the United States, dealing the Trump administration a temporary win. Judge Timothy J. Kelly of the Federal District […]

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Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty

MEXICO CITY — Here in Mexico, as around the world, we are haunted by the wrenching image of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, nestled together on the bank of the Rio Grande after they drowned in the river near the international bridge to Texas. This tragedy shines an unforgiving light […]

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Mistreating Migrants Won’t Stop the Crisis

President Trump seems to think that holding children and families in federal government custody without beds, soap, toothbrushes or even adequate food might stem migration from Central America. Recent reporting on these conditions in migrant detention facilities has intensified critiques of this administration’s brutal approach to the families who are coming in record numbers to […]

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Border Arrests Drop by 28% in June in First Decline of the Year

WASHINGTON — Arrests at the southwestern border dropped by 28 percent in June, according to the Department of Homeland Security, signaling the first time this year that the number of border crossings declined. The department said that 104,344 arrests occurred in June, down from 144,278 in May — the highest monthly total in 13 years. […]

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An Immigration Policy Worse Than Trump’s

HAMBURG — Germany has a new heroine. She is Carola Rackete, she is 31, and she is the captain of Sea Watch 3, a German N.G.O.-operated ship that on June 12 rescued 53 desperate migrants in international waters off Libya. Rather than return them to Libya, where they would face inhumane conditions, she plotted a […]

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‘I Didn’t Want Them to Go’: Salvadoran Family Grieves for Father and Daughter Who Drowned

SAN MARTÍN, El Salvador — Rosa Ramírez pleaded with her son, urging him not to leave El Salvador and head north with his wife and young daughter. The risks were simply too high. He saw no other choice. Their neighborhood was controlled by a gang that enriched itself through drug-dealing, extortion and violence. But most […]

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‘I Didn’t Want Them to Go’: Salvadorans Grieve for Father and Daughter Who Drowned

SAN MARTÍN, El Salvador — Rosa Ramírez pleaded with her son, urging him not to leave El Salvador and head north with his wife and young daughter. The risks were simply too high. He saw no other choice. Their neighborhood was controlled by a gang that enriched itself through drug-dealing, extortion and violence. But most […]

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Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing

NENTÓN, Guatemala — The Aguilar family had been preparing since February to migrate north. They borrowed $2,600, made a down payment to a smuggler and set off from their home in northern Guatemala last week. But at Guatemala’s border with Mexico, their smuggler had some bad news: Crossing into Mexico was too risky. A June […]

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A New Immigration Plan: ‘Remain in Mexico’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher With asylum requests at a record high, the Trump administration is telling migrants to wait in Mexico. We look at how that policy could fundamentally change immigration in the United States. [For an exclusive look at […]

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Trump’s Bullying Won’t Fix the Migrant Crisis

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico — Angelica Lopez crouched beside the freight train tracks that run through this sweltering city in southern Mexico, coddling her 2-year-old daughter, calling to her 7-year-old son not to stray too far from her. After they were stopped by Mexican federal police officers while attempting to board a cargo train, they’d slept on […]

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Death on the Rio Grande: A Look at a Perilous Migrant Route

EAGLE PASS, Tex. — The 19-year-old pregnant migrant waded toward the American shore, deep enough in the Rio Grande for waves to splash against her waist. Pushing through the river’s current, and mindful of an alligator lingering upriver, she guided her friend’s crying 10-year-old boy toward a Border Patrol rescue boat. As the boat carried […]

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Trump’s Demand for an End to Illegal Immigration Hangs Over Mexico Talks

The urgent talks to avert President Trump’s threat of tariffs on Mexico are running into a serious obstacle: The president’s demand that in return Mexico must promise to put a complete stop to illegal immigration into the United States. In a series of tweets and remarks over the past week, Mr. Trump vowed to impose […]

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Migrant Children May Lose School, Sports and Legal Aid as Shelters Swell

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal aid and playground recreation for migrant children housed in government shelters as a result of financial constraints created by the “crisis at the border.” The government’s plans were swiftly rebuked by civil rights lawyers representing unaccompanied children, who have been crossing […]

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Mexico, Stand Up to Trump Over Tariffs

Last week President Trump said that beginning on June 10 the United States will impose a 5 percent tariff, which would gradually increase, on all goods coming from Mexico. Mr. Trump’s announcement could pose two big problems for Mexico: The so-called migration crisis at the United States-Mexican border and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or U.S.M.C.A., […]

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Pressured by Trump, Mexico Cracks Down on Migrants

TAPACHULA, Mexico — They arrived at dusk, dressed for combat, pouring from government vehicles. A phalanx of military and police personnel swarmed a small hotel in the center of Tapachula, this scrappy city near Mexico’s border with Guatemala. Their target: undocumented migrants. Agents rushed door to door, hauling people away, while migrants shouted or ran […]

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Tariffs, Mr. Trump’s Miracle Cure

So we’re going to tax Americans until Mexico stops allowing people from Central America to exercise their legal right to seek admission to the United States? Seems pretty foolproof. President Trump announced Thursday evening on Twitter, his preferred medium for policymaking, that he plans to impose new tariffs on all imports from Mexico, “until the […]

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