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The Truth about the Immigration “Crisis”: Our Drug Policies and U.S.-Backed Tyrants Created Central America’s Culture of Violence

Some years ago, I flew in from Asia to interview some State Department people and stayed with my dear friend Judith Evans in Northwest Washington. A Latin Americanist with an honorable record as a correspondent, Judith spoke Latin American Spanish. This put her right at home in her building: The staff were all Honduran and Salvadoran. Read more >

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Lawmakers From Texas Will Offer Border Bill

Two Texas lawmakers say they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill on Tuesday intended to combat the humanitarian crisis at the nation’s southern border and make it easier to send migrant children from Central America back to their home countries. Read more >

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Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get the Boot

When I meet Kevin* inside a Tijuana shelter, he stares straight into my eyes and asks me an urgent question. Can you pass me over there?

He’s slender, 16, and the words fall from his mouth without pause. He’s been here on the Mexican side of the border for a few days now, 1,800 miles from the jagged hills and rural countryside of his hometown in the state of Guerrero. Kevin likes Tijuana; he thinks it’s grande, libre, una ciudad bella.

But he’s desperate to leave. Read more >

The Children of the Drug Wars: A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis

Cristian Omar Reyes, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon — “no matter what.” Read more >

Bill Aims to Quicken Border Process

A bipartisan bill set to be introduced this week will treat unaccompanied immigrant children from central America the same as minors from Mexico – a legislative attempt meant to get at the root of the current crisis overwhelming the U.S. southern border. Read more >

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Lawmakers Want to Deport Central American Kids Faster, and Obama Agrees

A year after President Obama launched his failed campaign to pass sweeping immigration reform that would have granted millions of people a path to citizenship, Congress is preparing a bill that will do just the opposite. A bipartisan proposal by two Texas lawmakers would accelerate the deportations of tens of thousands of Central American children. Read more >

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