Dario Lopez-Mills photo at Associated Press. Caption: “A chid stands next to her family’s belongings as they wait for transportation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. U.S. authorities are releasing migrant families at the border without notices to appear in immigration court, and sometimes without any paperwork at all.”

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April 2, 2021

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President Biden has made clear that addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic is an urgent priority for his administration


The three new chiefs are senior military officers and their picking eased fears among some analysts that Bolsonaro would prefer younger replacements so as to politicize the armed forces

Ora, a Constituição estabelece que as Forças Armadas são instituições de Estado, razão pela qual não podem ser “alinhadas” ao presidente


Solo entre diciembre de 2020 y marzo de este año han ocurrido al menos siete ataques contra civiles, que se suman a otros 18 atentados contra empresas forestales


The number of youngsters being recruited by armed groups in Colombia has been rising steadily since the 2016 peace accords

Los C-17 son tipo carguero y desarrollarán misiones de apoyo administrativo a la embajada de Estados Unidos en Colombia así como llevar de regreso a su país de origen a varios funcionarios estadounidenses

Colombia, Venezuela

Refugees in Colombia interviewed by The Washington Post spoke of beatings and detentions in Apure as the Venezuelan military went from house to house

The Venezuelan assault, centered around La Victoria, a town of about 10,000, has been aimed at a faction of FARC dissidents known as the Tenth Front, according to local residents, leading security experts to suggest they may have broken unwritten rules

Funcionarios de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana los detuvieron cuando realizaban una cobertura periodística sobre el conflicto armado en la zona fronteriza del estado Apure y permanecieron más de 24 horas incomunicados


Chronic childhood malnutrition doubled in Guatemala between 2019 and 2020. In areas where migrants are mainly coming from, the rates are higher than anywhere in the world

Guatemala, Mexico

El Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) clasificó por cinco años sus expedientes relacionados con la masacre de 19 personas en Camargo, Tamaulipas. De las víctimas, 16 eran migrantes guatemaltecos en ruta hacia Estados Unidos


Prosecutors cited the failed September 2019 influence campaign by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP — along with the murder of four people linked to the investigation and the defendant’s own alleged repeated lies and obstruction — in urging stiff punishment for Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández


El presidente de México encontró en las fuerzas armadas un aliado. Las considera parte de su proyecto político personal. Y las premia y protege. ¿Protege su futuro con ellas?

Los efectivos de la Sedena habrían salido bajo fianza el 26 de marzo para continuar su proceso en libertad, mientras que tres permanecen en una prisión militar

They will wait in shelters in Mexico, often for months, for arrangements to be made. Then, they will be deported

Amlo also singled out press freedom group Article 19, which was cited as a source, in an outburst reflecting his disdain for civil society groups

Unlike El Chapo, who sought Sean Penn’s help to turn his criminal life into a Hollywood blockbuster, El Mencho prefers the shadows

U.S.-Mexico Border

This tactic has allowed the administration to buy itself some “breathing room” to build up those processes before it fully resumes asylum at the border

The Border Patrol began the unusual practice last week in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, which has seen the biggest increase in the number of migrant families and unaccompanied minors crossing the border

While Biden said last week that the “vast majority” of families are being sent back to Mexico under Title 42, U.S. government data suggests that is not the case

U.S. Customs and Border Protection took more than 171,000 migrants into custody along the Mexico border last month, according to preliminary tallies

While CBP has never claimed to interdict every border crosser, the number of so-called got aways recorded in recent weeks is the highest in recent memory, said two of the officials

New “emergency” facilities skirt safety standards, while facilities accused of abuse are still getting grants