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 ...

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 ...

Autopsy: Migrant child who died in US custody had infection

U.S. 03/29/19, 16:31

An autopsy has found that a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of a bacterial infection while detained by the U.S. Border Patrol, in a case that drew worldwide attention to the plight of migrant families detained at the southern U.S. border.The El Paso County Medical Examiner's office released a report ...

New migrant caravan of 2,500 sets out through Mexico for US

U.S. 03/26/19, 11:33

A new migrant caravan of about 2,500 people was making its way through southern Mexico on Tuesday, headed for the U.S. border, facing greater heat — and a much cooler welcome — than last year's caravans. The caravan walked past the city of Huixtla in the southern state of Chiapas on ...

Autopsy: Tourist died of traumatic brain injury in Guatemala

Science 03/12/19, 16:54

An English tourist whose body was found near a Guatemala highland lake popular with travelers died of hemorrhaging resulting from a traumatic brain injury, according to an autopsy report completed Tuesday.In a statement, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala also said 23-year-old Catherine Shaw had died four to ...

Oscar Isaac shows off his Spanish in ‘Triple Frontier’

America 03/12/19, 08:29

Oscar Isaac is pleased to be making more use of his Spanish in his first Netflix movie, "Triple Frontier ."The Guatemalan-American star of "Star Wars" and "Ex Machina" plays a former special forces operative leading a dangerous heist in South America in the film, which begins streaming on Wednesday after ...

US-Mexico border arrests fall in January, 2nd straight drop

U.S. 02/08/19, 11:29

The number of people arrested or stopped for immigration violations at the U.S. border with Mexico eased in January. It's a relatively small decline in line with seasonal trends.Customs and Border Protection says it made 58,207 arrests or denials of entry. That's a 4 percent drop from December but a ...

Former Guatemalan soccer head fined $350,000 in FIFA scandal

Sports 02/05/19, 15:59

A former head of Guatemalan soccer's governing body has been sentenced to time served and fined $350,000 after pleading guilty for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal.Bryan Jimenez was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen said federal guidelines called for a prison ...

Interview: El Salvador’s leading candidate targets graft

America 01/31/19, 00:01

Salvadorans have watched as internationally sponsored investigative bodies in neighboring Guatemala and Honduras brought high-profile cases that took down corrupt politicians and businesspeople. Nayib Bukele wants to give his compatriots their own version of that.Bukele, a young businessman and former mayor of El Salvador's capital, is the front-runner in Sunday's ...

Border Patrol arrests 376 who dug under barrier in Arizona

U.S. 01/18/19, 17:54

A group of 376 Central Americans was arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families who dug short, shallow holes under a barrier to cross the border, authorities said Friday.The group dug under a steel barrier in seven spots about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of a border ...

After crossing into Guatemala, migrants set sights on Mexico

America 01/16/19, 20:40

More than 1,700 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States. Over 1,700 migrants passed through the Agua Caliente border crossing under the watchful eyes of about 200 police and soldiers. ...

New migrant caravan sets out from Honduras for US

America 01/15/19, 12:02

Hundreds of Honduran migrants trekked out of a bus station in a violent northern city on Tuesday to join a new caravan of people hoping to reach Mexico or the United States. The first groups left San Pedro Sula's bus station Monday night, with many women and children boarding buses for ...

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