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  • Trump Ends Program to Protect Central American Kids From Deportation

    08/21/2017 1:11:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Arizona Public Media ^ | August 21, 2017 | by Nancy Montoya
    It’s called the Central American Minors Parole, or CAM. It was in response in 2014 to a wave of children fleeing gang violence in Central America and seeking asylum in the U.S. The Obama administration gave them a two-year reprieve from deportation to prepare their amnesty cases, as long as they had at least one parent living in the U.S. legally. Under the direction of the Trump administration, Homeland Security abruptly canceled the program last Wednesday. That means almost 3,000 children between the ages of 11 and 17 who were admitted under CAM are now subject to deportation. Opponents of...
  • Trump administration shuts down Central American minor protection program

    08/17/2017 5:42:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2017 | Barnini Chakraborty
    The Trump administration on Wednesday shut down yet another Obama-era program — this one created to give Central American minors fleeing poverty and gang violence in their homeland temporary legal status in the United States. The “CAM parole” program was established in 2014 in response to a surprise spike in the number of unaccompanied minors and families entering the country from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The program allowed minors who did not make the cut for “refugee status” to enter the U.S. on a two-year, renewable parole if they had a parent already legally in the country.
  • Guatemalan Court Stops U.S. Company From Working On Silver Mine,

    08/08/2017 5:31:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Well, this is certainly odd. A mining company that was poised to begin work a silver mine in Guatemala was shut down by the nation’s supreme court for not consulting with the indigenous peoples in the area. That seems standard. Even in the U.S., the Keystone Pipeline had to go through consultations with local Native American tribes to ensure their sacred burial sites would not be disturbed. They protested anyway, but that’s a story for another time. The halt in production torpedoed the stock of the mining company—Tahoe Resources—and threatens the jobs for the thousands of workers who ventured to...
  • Homeland Security head battles immigrant-rights groups [ Winning!]

    05/28/2017 5:18:33 PM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 28 May 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigrant-rights groups were left steaming after Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said most of the illegal immigrant children who streamed into the U.S. in recent years were “a huge scam,” abusing lax policies to gain a foothold here. Mr. Kelly also said the families in Central America and here in the U.S. who orchestrated the dangerous journeys were guilty of “human trafficking” of their own children. “Their families are actually involved in human trafficking at this point,” the tough-talking retired Marine general told...
  • U.S. coaxes Mexico into Trump plan to overhaul Central America

    05/04/2017 7:31:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2017 | By Gabriel Stargardter
    The United States is plotting an ambitious attempt to shore up Central America, with the administration of President Donald Trump pressing Mexico to do more to stem the flow of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the region, U.S. and Mexican officials say. Kelly, who knows Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador well from his time as chief of the U.S. Southern Command, helped the administration of former President Barack Obama design his Alliance for Prosperity. That $750-million initiative sought to curtail Central American migration through development projects as well as law-and-order funding to crack down on the region's dominant gangs....
  • Sessions: MS-13 gang could be designated as terrorist organization

    04/19/2017 7:35:21 AM PDT · by Gideon300 · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/19/17 08:19 AM EDT | Rebecca Savransky
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the MS-13 gang could be designated as a terrorist organization. Asked by Fox News's Tucker Carlson on Tuesday whether he thinks the designation would be helpful, Sessions replied, “I think so, perhaps. I believe it could qualify for that." "There are rules that I guess the State Department does to establish that," he added. El Salvador's government has already designated MS-13 a terrorist group. Sessions called the gang "one of the most violent gangs in the history of our country." “We can devastate this gang. We’re going after them," he said. "We’re not going to...
  • WP: Putin’s Russia is back...in Nicaragua.

    04/09/2017 8:15:25 AM PDT · by Gideon300 · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/8/17 | Joshua Partlow
    Three decades after this tiny Central American nation became the prize in a Cold War battle with Washington, Russia is once again planting its flag in Nicaragua. Over the past two years, the Russian government has added muscle to its security partnership here, selling tanks and weapons, sending troops, and building facilities intended to train Central American forces to fight drug trafficking. The Russian surge appears to be part of the Kremlin’s expansionist foreign policy. In other parts of the world, President Vladimir Putin’s administration has deployed fighter planes to help Syria’s war-battered government and stepped up peace efforts in...
  • Central Americans continue to surge across U.S. border, new DHS figures show

    12/30/2016 8:57:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30 at 6:05 PM | Abigail Hauslohner
    U.S. officials are grappling with a 15 percent surge in illegal immigration, reflecting continued failures by the Obama administration to deter illegal immigration along the country’s southwestern border. Homeland Security officials apprehended 530,250 illegal immigrants and sent 450,954 people back to their home countries over the 12-month period that ended in September, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. The majority of those apprehended come from Central American countries and include 137,614 families and unaccompanied children, part of an ongoing flight from high crime and violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which human rights advocates...
  • Fleeing Gangs, Central American Families Surge Toward U.S.

    11/12/2016 8:26:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12 Nov 2016 | Kirk Semple
    Leaving El Salvador had never been in Alberto’s plans. He and his wife had stable jobs and supportive friends and relatives, and their five children were happy. But a local gang tried to recruit one of Alberto’s sons as a drug mule and beat him up when he resisted, the family said. A gang leader approached his daughter, then 10 years old, and told her that he was going to make her his girlfriend. Then Alberto and his family received a phone call threatening to kill them if they did not turn over the children for the gang’s use. The...
  • Obama Administration Is Quietly Delaying Thousands of Deportation Cases

    10/06/2016 12:19:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 October 2016 | CAITLIN DICKERSON
    The Obama administration is delaying deportation proceedings for recent immigrants in cities across the United States, allowing more than 56,000 of those who fled Central America since 2014 to remain in the country legally for several more years. The shift, described in interviews with immigration lawyers, federal officials and current and former judges, has been occurring without public attention for months. It amounts to an unannounced departure from the administration’s widely publicized pronouncements that cases tied to the so-called surge of 2014 would be rushed through the immigration courts in an effort to deter more Central Americans from entering the...
  • Obama Admin. Expands Illegal Alien Child Program to Adults

    08/30/2016 9:03:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 29, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Obama administration has expanded its already-questionable program to bring in more illegal alien children to the United States, announcing in a recent press release it will now allow illegal alien adults to be fast-tracked to the United States via its Central American Minors (CAM) program. First launched under President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in 2014, the CAM program was originally touted as a safe alternative for Central American children trying to get to the United States via human smugglers. Under the program, Central American parents living in the United States, including those who are here illegally but are...
  • The Treason of the Congressional Central America Caucus

    07/30/2016 4:07:27 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/30/16 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    To pick and choose which laws to follow, or to ignore the Constitutional authorities given to the federal government and to refuse to protect this nation against invasion is, in a word, irresponsible - and in some circles may be considered treasonous On the website of Norma Torres, a Democrat member of the United States Congress from Southern California, is an article bragging about the Congressional Central America Caucus meeting with Juan Orlando Hernandez, the President of Honduras. The purpose of the meeting is to followup regarding a letter signed by 77 other Members of Congress calling on President Obama...
  • Just before election, Obama doubles down on illegal immigrant fly-in program

    07/29/2016 9:50:38 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2016, 06:10 am | Dale Wilcox
    In an attempt to curb the ongoing surge of Central American illegal aliens crossing over our southern border, the Obama DHS yesterday announced the dramatic expansion of a 2014 program that puts so-called “refugees” from high-crime regions onto commercial airliners and brings them here directly to live and work. The initial surge, first reported on over the summer of 2014 and involving mostly unaccompanied alien minors (UAM) from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, caused outrage among the American public after apprehended minors began telling border patrol agents they were lured into making the dangerous journey by Obama’s apparent promise of...
  • White House announces surge for Central American refugees

    07/26/2016 3:44:08 PM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    New program goes beyond children, allows uncles, aunts, grandparents to applyThe Obama administration on Tuesday invited thousands of new Central Americans to apply for refugee status in the U.S., creating a new path to bring not only the vulnerable children fleeing the region, but also their parents, adult siblings and even aunts, uncles, grandparents or others “related” to the kids. Officials said they have no guess as to how many people might apply, but said it could be “significant” surge, and they said they expect it to be a “lasting” trend. Officials also announced that Costa Rica has agreed to...
  • Iranian Islamization In Central and South America

    06/17/2016 8:50:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 16, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    The recent slaughter in Orlando leaves many citizens acutely aware of the dangers posed by Islamic terrorism, however, many Americans have never heard about Iran's Islamic proselytization efforts in Central and South America. " …The Iranian regime, for 3˝ decades and counting, has been … exporting its revolutionary ideals to your own backyard in Latin America," Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi explained during a panel discussion about Israel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority Conference." During his address, Ottolenghi, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, mentioned that " … they have a publishing house that...
  • Lava-Loving Tourists Flock to Active Nicaragua Volcano

    05/28/2016 11:58:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Phys.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Blanca Morel
    Centuries ago, a native Central American people terrified of a witch believed to live deep in the earth used to sacrifice children and young women to Nicaragua's Masaya volcano. Today, the crater southwest of the capital Managua is an international tourist magnet, where photo-snapping visitors scramble among sulfurous fumes to get views of its bubbling lava—a rare sight. The only volcanoes in the world to boast lakes of incandescent magma are Masaya, Hawaii's Kilauea and Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, explained a Nicaraguan geographer and environmentalist, Jaime Incer.
  • Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border

    05/04/2016 5:07:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2016 | Mike LIllis
    Child migration is surging again. The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration. The numbers, compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reveal that child migration is on par with 2014 levels, when a wave of kids –– thousands of them unaccompanied –– arrived at the southern border. The surge of illegal immigration quickly swamped border authorities, immigration courts and health and humanitarian workers, while sparking a political battle on Capitol Hill over the cause and proper response to the crisis. The...
  • Democrats call for government-funded lawyers for illegal immigrants

    02/11/2016 10:05:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Top Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday that would grant government-funded lawyers to illegal immigrants who are part of the surge of Central Americans that have overwhelmed the border and stretched the immigration courts. Though unlikely to advance in the GOP-controlled Congress, the legislation is an important marker for both the presidential campaign and for the ongoing debate over how the U.S. treats the illegal immigrants -- and particularly the unaccompanied children -- that have skyrocketed in recent years. Sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the bill would allow illegal immigrants to delay their court dates until the government has...
  • Unaccompanied Alien Children Charged in Execution-Style Murder, Media Calls Them “Baby-Faced Boys

    02/11/2016 9:37:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 11, 2016
    It appears that the recent execution-style murder of a Massachusetts man was committed by two Central American teens that came to the U.S. as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) under President Obama's open border free-for-all. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors--mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras--have entered the country through the Mexican border since the influx began in the summer of 2014 and the administration has relocated them nationwide. News reports indicate that the 17-year-olds charged in the gruesome Massachusetts killing entered the U.S. recently as UAC's and both have ties to MS-13, according to authorities cited by various...
  • “Significant Immigrant Populations from Central America” Fueling Violent Gang MS-13

    02/05/2016 2:10:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2016
    A major bust involving the nation's most violent street gang reveals that the criminal enterprise--known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13--continues to be energized with new recruits provided by the steady flow of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. through Mexico. The affiliation between gangs and the hordes of Central American illegal immigrants who continue invading the U.S. is a story Judicial Watch has been reporting for more than a year. The Obama administration calls them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and tries to portray them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. The reality is much different,...