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Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

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(Even more here) September 17, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional J. Edward Moreno, “Another Budget Fight Looms This Month in Congress Centering on Border Wall Funding” (The Texas Tribune, September 17, 2019). Democrats opposed the bill because it includes $12.2 billion to build new sections of the wall. Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster the legislation […]

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(Even more here) September 16, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Caitlin Dickerson, “‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis” (The New York Times, September 16, 2019). Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating the people in their care, many agents have grown defensive, insular and bitter […]

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(Even more here) September 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Bryan Pietsch, “Pentagon Pulls Funds for Military Schools, Daycare to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall” (Reuters, Reuters, September 6, 2019). The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Schumer’s state is the most expensive project impacted in the United States with $95 million pulled from construction […]

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(Even more here) September 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Dhs Abruptly Blocks Committee Staff Visits to Border Detention Facilities After Last Week’s Inspections Revealed Serious Problems” (House Committee on Oversight and Reform, September 3, 2019). It appears that the Administration expects Congress to be satisfied with receiving agency tours of facilities—in some cases without the […]

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(Even more here) August 29, 2019 Colombia Santiago Torrado, “El Disidente de las Farc Ivan Marquez Anuncia Que Retoma las Armas en Colombia” (El Pais (Spain), August 29, 2019). El exjefe negociador de la extinta guerrilla, en paradero desconocido desde hace un año, reaparece en un vídeo en el que junto con otros exlíderes anuncia […]

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(Even more here) August 28, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Marie Arana, “Latin Americans Are Souring on Democracy. That’s Not So Surprising Considering the Region’s History” (Time, August 28, 2019). Latin America’s wild race to democracy has failed to overcome the region’s difficult history. The wounds left unattended—inequality, injustice, corruption, violence—are powerful catalysts for discontent Julia […]

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(Even more here) August 27, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Chantal Da Silva, “Trump Administration Has Built Just 13 Percent of Border Wall, With Nearly 400 Miles to Go by End of 2020” (Newsweek, August 27, 2019). While the federal immigration agency appeared pleased with its progress, the 60-mile development represents just over 13 percent of […]

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(Even more here) August 26, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Will Parrish, “The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under “Persistent Surveillance”” (The Intercept, August 26, 2019). U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon construct a 160-foot surveillance tower capable of continuously monitoring every person and vehicle within […]

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(Even more here) August 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional James Laporta, “Military Drones and Surveillance Planes Designed for War Remain an Option for U.S.-Mexico Border, Documents Show” (Newsweek, August 23, 2019). Pentagon officials are open to the idea of deploying reconnaissance planes and drones built for war to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new […]

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(Even more here) August 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional James Stavridis, “Troops Are Not the Answer to the Crisis at the Border” (Time, August 22, 2019). The Trump Administration’s effort to deter migrants by creating harsh conditions at the border may ease the flow in the short term, but any long-term solution will require much […]

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(Even more here) August 21, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Hamed Aleaziz, “The Trump Administration Plans to Deny Work Permits to Asylum-Seekers Who Cross the Border” (BuzzFeed, August 21, 2019). The Trump administration plans to issue a new policy that would deny work permits to asylum-seekers who cross the border without authorization as well as those […]

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(Even more here) August 20, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Max Daly, “Synthetic Drugs Will Change the Global Drug Trade Forever” (VICE, August 20, 2019). Manufactured anywhere, from DIY bathroom labs to huge chemical factories, synthetic drugs are cheaper and easier to make than cocaine and heroin because there is no reliance on the cultivation of […]

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(Even more here) August 19, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional A.c. Thompson, ““Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It” (Propublica, Mother Jones, August 19, 2019). Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen had been investigated for years before he used his 4,000-pound truck to assault a fleeing migrant “Inside the […]

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(Even more here) July 16, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, Arelis R. Hernandez, Kevin Sieff, “Trump Administration Moves to Restrict Asylum Access, Aiming to Curb Central American Migration” (The Washington Post, July 16, 2019). The move brought immediate threats of legal challenge; the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains broad provisions that allow […]

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(Even more here) July 11, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Maria Sacchetti, “‘Kids in Cages’: House Hearing Examines Immigration Detention as Democrats Push for More Information” (The Washington Post, July 11, 2019). “There is no excuse for our government being so unprepared and indifferent to refugee flows that have been steadily mounting for months,” Raskin said […]

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