US signs a deal to make El Salvador a haven for migrants seeking asylum

U.S. 09/21/19, 06:24

The United States and El Salvador on Friday, Sept. 20, signed an agreement to help make the Central American country a haven for migrants seeking asylum. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and El Salvador Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill Tinoco, signed the “cooperative asylum agreement” in a live-streamed press conference. ...

‘They died in each other’s arms,’ migrant’s mother says

U.S. 06/26/19, 22:04

The mother of a man who drowned alongside his 23-month-old daughter while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas says she finds a heartbreaking photograph of their bodies hard to look at but takes some comfort in knowing "they died in each other's arms." Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his ...

White House cuts aid for Central American countries as promised

U.S. 06/18/19, 19:31

U.S. aid totaling $450 million, initially set aside for Central American countries, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala was officially cut off on June 17, as President Donald J. Trump had vowed to do. President Trump had told reporters back in March, “I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras, and to El ...

US vows no more aid to Central America without migrant action

Politics 06/17/19, 16:09

The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the United States. The State ...

How does a Central American migrant caravan form?

America 04/18/19, 23:34

When does the next caravan leave?" ''Can I go? I'm from Guatemala." ''What papers do I need for my kids?" The questions pile up on the phones of hundreds of Central Americans, all with the same goal: Get as many details as possible before leaving their country. Costly phone calls with relatives ...

Pompeo defends Trump Central America aid cuts

Politics 04/10/19, 11:02

The Trump administration defended on Wednesday cuts in direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras amid a surge of migrants crossing into the U.S. the southern border. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that U.S. aid to Central America has so far been ineffective. "The United states has spent hundreds ...

Governor says surfing can connect California and El Salvador

U.S. 04/09/19, 19:47

California masterfully markets its surfing culture and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he wants to share that expertise with El Salvador to help boost tourism and provide more economic opportunities for its impoverished citizens. "There's no doubt there's a lot we can do together in this space," Newsom said after a ...

El Salvador trip holds family connection for governor’s aide

U.S. 04/05/19, 01:19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is traveling to El Salvador to learn firsthand what is prompting thousands of people to leave and seek new lives in the United States. Joining him is an aide whose father made the same journey to the U.S. nearly 40 years ago. Jesse Melgar is the lead ...

Update: Trump moves to cut aid to Central America

Politics 03/30/19, 09:09

The Latest on Trump administration moves on immigration through U.S. border with Mexico (all times local): ___ 10 a.m. The Trump administration says it is cutting direct U.S. aid to three Central American countries. The State Department says in a statement that it will suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to El Salvador, Guatemala and ...

California governor to visit El Salvador to talk immigration

U.S. 03/28/19, 20:20

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday he will travel to El Salvador in April to discuss the poverty and violence that's causing waves of migrants to seek asylum in the United States. It will be Newsom's first international trip as governor and his latest effort to position California — not the ...

Trump criticizes Central America, Mexico on border

Politics 03/28/19, 13:10

President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Mexican and Central American leaders of doing "nothing" to prevent illegal immigrants from coming to the United States — one day after his administration signed an agreement with some of those same leaders aimed at reducing the number of migrants streaming north. Trump's tweet risked ...

Justice sought for 4 Dutch journalists killed in El Salvador

America 03/24/19, 23:35

It was 1982, the height of the civil war in El Salvador. Four Dutch TV journalists had linked up with leftist rebels near the town of El Paraiso, which has an army base on its outskirts.Planning to spend several days behind rebel lines, the newsmen hoisted rucksacks onto their backs ...

El Salvador’s president-elect criticizes China

Asia & Pacific 03/13/19, 16:38

President-elect Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has not decided whether to keep relations with China but says the Asian nation is not being respectful to his country.In his first public remarks since winning election last month, the 37-year-old Bukele said Wednesday during a visit to Washington that China does not ...

El Salvador’s president-elect criticizes China

Asia & Pacific 03/13/19, 16:17

President-elect Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has not decided whether to keep relations with China but says the Asian nation is not being respectful to his country.In his first public remarks since winning election last month, the 37-year-old Bukele said Tuesday during a visit to Washington that China does not ...

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