VP Harris fires back at GOP criticism she’s not visiting border

Central America 06/08/21, 18:17

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris fired back at Republicans criticizing her trip to Guatemala and Mexico but not going to the border. Harris said she is more concerned with “tangible” work rather than with “grand gestures.” On Monday, June 7, Kamala Harris flew to Guatemala, the first stop on her first ...

Planned Parenthood board member aided in syphilis experiments on prisoners and mentally ill patients

Central America 05/20/21, 16:04

Newly uncovered documents reveal that a former board member of the transnational abortion organization Planned Parenthood participated in horrific syphilis experiments using Guatemalans, without their consent, and infecting them with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to Live Action.  These experiments, conducted between 1946 and 1948, were sponsored by the National Institutes ...

“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. ...

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