“Guatemala will stand with Taiwan,” new president-elect says

World 10/22/19, 11:03

Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei Cáceres said on Monday, Oct. 22 that his country "will stand with Taiwan." During a five-day visit to Taiwan, Giammettei, who was elected in August, met with President Tsai Ing-wen and expressed gratitude for the assistance provided to Guatemala over the years, Focus Taiwan reported. The two countries ...

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 ...

Mexico sends 200 police to intercept about 1,000 migrants on highway

America 06/05/19, 19:49

Some 200 military police, immigration agents and federal police blocked the advance of about 1,000 Central American migrants who were walking north along a southern Mexico highway on Wednesday, once again showing a tougher new stance on attempts to use the country as a stepping-stone to the U.S. The group of ...

Prosecutors: Agent called migrants savages before hitting 1

U.S. 05/20/19, 21:26

A Border Patrol agent in Arizona sent texts calling immigrants "savages" and "subhuman" the month before using his patrol vehicle to knock over a Guatemalan man who was trying to flee, prosecutors say. Court documents filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Tucson say Agent Matthew Bowen sent the ...

5th migrant child dies after detention by Border Patrol

U.S. 05/20/19, 11:53

The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley ...

Court ruling puts Guatemala vote, anti-graft fight in doubt

America 05/16/19, 17:16

A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor's candidacy has turned Guatemala's presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption.The rejection of Thelma Aldana's appeal means at least two of ...

4th death of migrant child since December raises new alarms

U.S. 05/16/19, 17:09

Advocates raised new alarms Thursday about the U.S. government's treatment of migrant families after a 2½-year-old Guatemalan child became the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by border agents since December. "The death of a single child in custody of our government is a horrific tragedy," said Jess ...

Guatemalan official says migrants seek jobs not asylum in US

U.S. 05/13/19, 11:45

Apprehensions at the southern U.S. border have officially already reached over 504,300 this year. Meanwhile, a Guatemalan official admits migrants are not fleeing to America for safety reasons. President Donald Trump and his administration have said various times over the last year that in large part, Mexican, Central, and South American ...

Teen’s death raises new questions about US care of migrants

U.S. 05/08/19, 23:03

Juan de León Gutiérrez told his mother he was calling from a warehouse in Mexico, hidden by a human smuggler who had been paid to take the teenager into the United States."He told me he had something of a headache, perhaps because he was hungry and had not been able ...

Exiled Guatemalan who started Florida refugee nonprofit dies

U.S. 05/08/19, 17:40

Policarpia Gaspar, a Guatemalan civil war exile who co-founded a Florida organization mentoring Indian refugee children and connecting pregnant women to doctors has died, her family said Wednesday. She was 53.Her son, Glenn Mendez, said his mother had been battling leukemia for more than three years and died last week. ...

Global migrants’ journey stalls in southern Mexico

World 04/28/19, 12:51

Thousands fleeing conflict or poverty in Nigeria, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Haiti and Cuba have traveled across oceans, through the jungles and mountains of South America, up through Central America, on a route that — so far — ends here: the steamy, crumbling Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border. Over 1,500 ...

Soccer teams provide support, solidarity for migrants in US

Sports 04/27/19, 12:38

Antonio Velasquez smiled proudly at the wiry teenagers shouting in Spanish and the Mayan language Mam as they kicked a soccer ball under an evening desert sky turning to orange.The Pentecostal pastor was a teenager in 1990, fleeing Guatemala's civil war when smugglers randomly dropped him and other teens near ...

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 ...

Migrants break border gate, force their way into Mexico

America 04/13/19, 03:42

Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 migrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday and forced their way into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States. The National Immigration Institute did not identify the ...

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 ...

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

Sports 04/03/19, 20:50

An autopsy report confirmed Wednesday that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection — one of two deaths of Central American children in December that raised concerns about the government's ability to care for minors ...

2nd Guatemalan child dead in US custody had flu, infection

Health 04/01/19, 12:41

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. border patrol on Christmas Eve died of the flu and a bacterial infection, authorities in the Central American nation said Monday. Oscar Padilla, Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, Arizona, told The Associated Pres that the autopsy report on Felipe Gomez ...

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