Legal battle: Appeal court allows Title 42 continuation

Central America 10/02/21, 04:14

U.S. appeals court on Thursday, Sept. 30 allowed the Biden administration to keep expelling illegal migrants due to COVID-19 risks. The border policy, known as Title 42, materialized under the Trump administration when the COVID-19 pandemic started to reveal its devastating power in March 2020.  Under the policy, officials can directly return ...

Biden’s special envoy to Haiti resigns over ‘inhumane’ deportations

Central America 09/24/21, 19:45

President Biden's Special Envoy for Haiti, Ambassador Daniel Foote, resigned Thursday, Sept. 23 amid a rise in Haitian migrants crossing the southern border, blasting the Biden administration's decision as "inhumane" and "counterproductive."In his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, first reported by PBS, Foote said he was retiring ...

Central American Minor Program resumes

Central America 09/15/21, 02:48

The Biden administration announced Monday, Sept. 13, that the Obama-era immigration program that allows Central American children to reunite with their parents in the U.S. had resumed taking applications. The Central American Minors (CAM) program grants refugee status to children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras who have parents or guardians ...

Chinese-made vaccine suspended for operating unauthorized plant in Brazil

South America 09/07/21, 02:56

Brazil's health regulator temporarily blocked more than 12 million doses of Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 4. Anvisa took regulatory action after receiving a complaint from Sao Paulo's Butantan Institute biomedical center. The center, which helps the Chinese firm manufacture locally, accused the Asian pharmaceutical company of unlawfully producing several ...

Pfizer, Moderna could make billions from COVID vaccine boosters

South America 08/15/21, 17:56

Drugmakers Pfizer Inc, BioNTech, and Moderna Inc stand to make billions of dollars from COVID-19 booster doses. Analysts and healthcare investors predict this lucrative market could soon rival the $6 billion flu vaccine market for years to come. Faced with the rapidly spreading Delta variant, Chile, Germany, Israel and other governments ...

US deports illegal migrants back to Mexico

Central America 08/06/21, 03:55

Flights to return illegal Central American migrant families had finally started, a source said. The flights were initiated under Title 42, a Trump-era border policy that would expel undocumented migrants to restrict COVID-19 risks. The procedure was extended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this Monday, Aug. 2.  On ...

US allows 6 million Venezuelans to stay legally in the country

Central America 08/04/21, 16:37

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, on Aug. 3, published a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) order giving Venezuelans in the United States an 18-month extension allowing them to remain in the country legally. This time frame allows and encourages millions of Venezuelans currently in South America to come ...