In a time of “zero tolerance,” arriving at the US border with a child in tow has become the best means of entry for tens of thousands of Central American migrants. While President Trump tries by any and all means to close the border to those desperately fleeing their country because of violence and lack of opportunities, the border area is overwhelmed by the massive arrival of families. Civic and religious groups are trying to handle the humanitarian emergency.
In January, detentions along this portion of the U.S.-Mexico border were cause for alarm: the number of detained families was up 1,600% compared to one year earlier. In February the increase was even greater. The Border Patrol says the surge is unprecedented.
Una de las tarjetas que llenó era la de una mujer de 37 años llamada Esperanza. Mancilla se preguntó cuál sería la historia de esa mujer y especuló que ella también tenía una familia “y lo único que quería era una vida mejor, pero no la pudo conseguir”.
Unlike previous caravans, the effort to recruit migrants was met with a well-prepared bombardment of government propaganda, both from the United States and Honduras, designed to stifle the exodus, using the slogan "Your North Is Here."
Despite a massive publicity campaign to dissuade migrants, another Central American 'caravan' set off for the US border last week, adding to the political debate over the President Trump's border "crisis."
Undocumented Mexican chef Cristina Martinez has captured the media’s attention in recent months, thanks to her food – and activism – in South Philadelphia. Now featured in an award-winning podcast 'Mejor Vete, Cristina.'
A study by students from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), examined 347 speeches and 7,000 tweets by Trump where he referred to immigrants. They found that his use of pejorative adjectives discriminates against Hispanics. The analysis is part of a lawsuit filed in court last week by pro-DACA advocates.
The difference between paying $4,000 or $28,000 to bond out of immigration detention is based almost entirely on a judge’s discretion, and those rulings often are influenced by bias or ideological leanings.
Ramón wanted the American dream, but now sells it. He smuggles dozens of migrants across the Rio Grande every week. He is one of the contacts in a network that stretches from Central America to Texas. And he pays a cut to the Mexican cartels.