Adam Isacson

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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Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters photo at the Washington Post. Caption: “A woman passes by a poster displaying images of Fidel and Raúl Castro and Miguel Díaz-Canel in Havana this week. The billboard says: ‘We are continuity.'”

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April 16, 2021

Brazil

While Brazil wants to receive money upfront to pay for the protection of the world’s largest rainforest, the United States is insistent on seeing results first

Chile

La Dirección de Inteligencia del Ejército había investigado por medio de escuchas telefónicas a un grupo de funcionarios activos y en retiro -quienes habían denunciado una serie de irregularidades en la institución

Colombia

Con el cambio avanza en la búsqueda de autonomía, pero se queda corto, ya que la unidad seguirá dependiendo del Gobierno. Además, quienes juzgarán a los uniformados seguirán siendo, en su mayoría, militares y policías

Significa un intento de respuesta al desconcierto que algunas acciones, aparentemente contradictorias de este grupo, despiertan en la opinión pública en general

El gran reto de enfrentar la fragmentación del crimen en el Valle, décadas después de la caída de los grandes carteles del Valle, y del conflicto armado, cuatro años tras la firma del Acuerdo de Paz. Las autoridades y analistas están apenas entendiendo qué pasa

Cuba

Fidel Castro’s younger brother has hinted for a decade at an expiration date to his public life; he’s expected to step down as first secretary of the Communist Party when it meets this weekend in Havana

Mexico

Growers expect the price of marijuana to drop further and think their trade will become economically unfeasible

“Espero que hablen, que digan qué hicieron, si lo asesinaron o algo, cualquier cosa que nos diera información de ellos”, dice

Un juez federal de Reynosa, vinculó a proceso a 30 marinos por la desaparición forzada de cuatro personas en Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, en 2018. El Consejo del Poder Judicial informó que los elementos navales permanecerán el prisión al menos 6 meses

Lejos de una vida apacible y de convivencia, la población de Michoacán ha vivido por años el terror impuesto por el crimen organizado. En esa entidad el narcotráfico se ha convertido en un cogobierno

Fiscales estadounidenses dijeron el jueves que tienen más de un millón de páginas en documentos para ser usados como pruebas contra el ex secretario de Seguridad Pública de México, Genaro García Luna

U.S.-Mexico Border

A Texas judge allowed the government this week to take possession of a family’s land because the Biden administration has yet to end lawsuits seeking property along the border

Of the 50 Facebook pages identified in the Tech Transparency Project report, more than half were created since mid-November and of those, a dozen popped up in the last month

Father Pat Murphy blames a combination of migrants’ misinformed asylum expectations, limited shelter space due to COVID-19, and U.S. Title 42 expulsions for creating the present situation

Venezuela

Hasta ahora ni el Ministro de la Defensa ni el jefe del Ceofan se han trasladado a la zona de conflicto

Some articles I found interesting this morning

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April 15, 2021

Brazil

Some pundits speculate that Mr Bolsonaro, who cheered on the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6th, is arming his base in preparation for 2022, when he will probably face Lula at the ballot box

Central America Regional

Worries over extensive government corruption in the region, particularly in Honduras, underscore the challenge Harris faces in leading the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts

Central America Regional, Mexico

Mexico and Costa Rica have taken steps to leverage their existing migration institutions to improve operational capacity, though notable challenges remain. Meanwhile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama are at earlier stages

Colombia

More than 280 km of unplanned roads were opened in key areas during the first 100 days of last year

Luego de que el Gobierno de Iván Duque firmara esta semana un decreto con el que regularía la reactivación de la aspersión con el herbicida a los cultivos de coca, la autoridad ambiental aprobó el procedimiento, trámite que estaba suspendido

Colombia, Venezuela

El experto en seguridad y defensa Andre Serbin indica que los milicianos no necesariamente participarán en el conflicto fronterizo en Apure. Ronna Risquez, también especialista en el tema, cree que Apure necesita de oportunidades

Ecuador

Conservative Guillermo Lasso will take office as an isolated president with a weak mandate, tasked with restoring faith in the country’s institutions

Mexico

La Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH) exhortó a la Fiscalía General del Estado de Veracruz y a la Secretaría de Gobernación a que reabran las investigaciones

On a recent morning it looked like business as usual on this remote stretch of the Mexico-Guatemala border, which follows the mighty Usumacinta River

U.S.-Mexico Border

Just when they thought they’d won a reprieve, it was President Biden — not Trump — who would end up defeating the family in their years-long fight for the ranch

“These are really significant, important wildlife areas,” said Babbitt, who was also Arizona governor from 1978 to 1987. “And the idea that it all requires a 30-foot wall just makes no sense.”

White House officials have demanded HHS speed up releases from its overloaded shelter system to free up space for children packed into crowded border patrol stations

The Monitor captured video of the restricted Donna tents and Anzalduas International Bridge sites by flying a drone overhead

Some articles I found interesting this morning

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April 9, 2021

Central America Regional

For those who remember recent history, the idea that the United States will uphold “security and rule of law” in Central America has an ominous ring

Colombia

Tras pasar 12 años extraditado en Estados Unidos, lo primero que pidió fue obtener el beneficio de libertad a prueba, pero un juez de Bogotá le negó la petición

Además de que centralizó en el Consejo de Estado todas las tutelas en su contra, determinó que todas las acciones relacionadas con la erradicación de cultivos ilícitos recaerían sobre esa misma corte

Honduras

Santos Rodríguez Orellana denuncia que hay un plan del presidente Hernández para asesinarlo

Mexico

For years, Mexico has sought humane treatment of Mexican and Central American immigrants in the United States. But that sort of moral authority has to be earned

El gobierno mexicano debe reorientar su política migratoria a una centrada en el acceso a la protección y avanzar en la cooperación regional para atender las causas estructurales

Lejos de la profesionalización y de una depuración eficaz, las policías del país siguen tan corruptas como antaño; en el Gobierno de la Cuarta Transformación este sector responsable de la seguridad pública está abandonado

U.S.-Mexico Border

President Biden’s discretionary funding request for fiscal 2022 nixed all funding for a border wall, including unused funds previously allocated to the project

Ms. Jacobson said that her appointment as a special assistant to the president and as the border coordinator in the White House was always intended to last for only about 100 days

Desperate immigrants who have sold everything back home to make the journey are trying to cross the border more than once after initially failing

Venezuela

La periodista Sulay García señala que la presencia de grupos militares en la zona no es un hecho nuevo sino histórico y que se debe, en gran medida, a la ausencia de políticas en la región por parte del gobierno

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Lynda M. González photo at the Dallas Morning News. Caption: “A young boy played with a single roller skate as expelled migrants sat around a gazebo in a public square in the Mexican border city of Reynosa on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Migrants have resorted to living at the plaza as the U.S. continues to expel them after they cross the border under Title 42 — a pandemic-related public order still in place and left over from the Trump administration.”

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April 8, 2021

Western Hemisphere Regional

The effort is expected to uncover a small number of additional separations on top of thousands that have already been reported

Brazil

Mr Bolsonaro’s approval rating has fallen below 30%. And the pandemic is still raging: a record 4,211 deaths were reported on April 6th. To the army’s embarrassment, Eduardo Pazuello, a general, was in charge as health minister

Colombia

The recruits are useful. They can collect extortion fees, work in cocaine labs, or be forced into sex work. They can also sell and smuggle drugs, are used as assassins, and are often sent to the front lines of battle

La Andje pide urgente la regulación del derecho fundamental a la protesta pues, a su juicio, la ciudadanía se aprovechará del mismo, “desprestigiando a la autoridad policial”

La propuesta, bautizada también como las “curules de paz”, no prosperó en la plenaria del Senado y tampoco en los estrados judiciales, por lo que la única posibilidad que para sobrevivir depende de la Corte Constitucional

Temen pasar a la historia como una banda criminal que cometió delitos de lesa humanidad, si aceptan los cargos que les fueron imputados a sus jefes

El Salvador

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele refused to meet with a visiting senior U.S. diplomat this week over what he sees as a pattern of slights from Democrats and the Biden administration

Dos meses han transcurrido desde aquel desplante y, lejos de apaciguarse, las aguas no han dejado de estar revueltas entre Washington y San Salvador

Haiti

No longer is traveling Haiti’s already chaotic roadways a question of whether Haitians will reach their destination, but rather will they make it back home alive as armed robberies and kidnapping-for-ransom become almost daily occurrences

Mexico

Las menciones de los organismos internacionales de derechos humanos son falsas. Estas instancias han sido clave para documentar y llamar la atención sobre la crisis de derechos humanos que empezó a cernirse sobre México con el recrudecimiento de la llamada guerra contra las drogas

Mientras tanto la depuración y profesionalización de las fuerzas de seguridad locales – una de las justificaciones para la puesta en marcha de la Guardia Nacional – ha quedado en el limbo

Murieron más civiles de los que fueron lastimados en los enfrentamientos de la SEDENA (por cada civil herido, fallecieron 4.7 civiles)

The encounter between Ms. Salazar, a Salvadoran living in Mexico on a humanitarian visa, and four police officers was videotaped by a bystander. Her death sparked nationwide protests

La FGR exoneró al general Salvador Cienfuegos sin haber interrogado a Jesús Ricardo Patrón, el ‘H3’, único testigo encarcelado en México y quien de acuerdo a la DEA identificó al exsecretario

Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border

As a result of intensifying pressure from the U.S. to secure the border, the Mexican and Central American governments have cracked down on people trying to make their way to the U.S.

“I have a big concern that the numbers will increase to the point where we have a refugee camp like in Matamoros,” Pimentel said

U.S.-Mexico Border

Conditions on the southwest border represent a serious political challenge to President Biden

Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar reports back from her visit to an El Paso facility housing unaccompanied migrant children

The increase last month was so large that it did not fit on the y-axis of the CBP chart that tracks changes in monthly enforcement data

A record number of people petitioned for asylum in Mexico last month, drawn by family ties and high approval rates — and discouraged by the difficulty of getting into the U.S.

“We are doing our best to expel under Title 42 authority where we can and where there is capacity on the Mexican side,” the official added

Now that we have the official data, it is also clearly true that the administration’s efforts to play down the increase don’t hold up very well

Venezuela

Según el también vicepresidente del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), los comunicadores sociales cubren las noticias en Apure a la espera de que asesinen a venezolanos para «hacer fiesta»

Some articles I found interesting this morning

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April 7, 2021

Western Hemisphere Regional

In the Americas, Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights documents how women, refugees, migrants, under-protected health workers, Indigenous Peoples, Black people and other groups historically forgotten by governments have borne the brunt of the pandemic

Colombia

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) received information about 24 killings of human rights defenders and social leaders

La fórmula de negociación de tierras y curules no funcionará con el Eln, pues en cada territorio tiene reclamos diferentes

Vía decreto, el Gobierno dispuso que las tutelas contra la Presidencia que involucran erradicación de cultivos ilícitos o seguridad nacional sean estudiadas exclusivamente por el Consejo de Estado. Se les anuló la competencia a los juzgados regionales

“I ask myself, ‘Maybe if she stayed in school, had some way to keep her mind occupied, maybe we wouldn’t be at this cemetery,’” said her father

Colombia, Venezuela

La presidenta de Control Ciudadano señala que no parece similar la actuación de la FAN frente a todos los grupos armados presentes en la zona y que además parece estarse dando un esquema de neutralidad frente a la actuación del Ejército de Liberación Nacional

A través de redes sociales ha sido revelado el despliegue por parte de la Dirección Conjunta de Fuerzas Especiales, de vehículos aéreos no tripulados (UAV) Orlan-10 de fabricación rusa

Arreaza insistió que la frontera venezolana está representada por la administración de Maduro, mientras que por el lado colombiano no existe la representatividad del Ejecutivo presidido por Iván Duque

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

The White House is looking to create legal ways for Central American migrants to reach the United States, U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy Ricardo Zuñiga said

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Honduras

Now, in Honduras, the Biden administration’s task has been made even more daunting because of the criminal cases against men linked to President Juan Orlando Hernández

Mexico

Ha de señalarse que entre 2019 y 2020 se incorporó un número de nuevos elementos superior al estado de fuerza total operativo de la extinta Policía Federal.

Paradójicamente, este orden moral justifica el uso de la violencia para la protección de la comunidad y se funda en ella para asentar la legitimidad de las autodefensas

López Obrador expuso que México está dispuesto a colaborar y “sumar voluntades” para que se salvaguarde la vida y los derechos humanos de las y los migrantes, pero especialmente de las niñas y los niños

Paraguay

Ulises Quintana “participó en actos que facilitaron la delincuencia organizada transnacional, socavaron el estado de derecho y obstruyeron la confianza de la población en los procesos públicos de Paraguay”, según dijo Antony Blinken

Peru

Indigenous communities in Peru’s central Amazon are experiencing an increase in violence, threats and harassment as drug gangs target their land to grow coca

U.S.-Mexico Border

Cecilia Muñoz discusses the Biden Administration’s response to the recent surge of arrivals and how conversations about the border have changed during the past thirty years

“We’re not bringing any Americans into this because of the cartels,” she said. “We just keep ourselves safe at all times and we keep our heads down and mind our business. But, we try not to dwell on the cartel part

From February 24 to March 23, there were 435 incidents in the south Texas region where children were apprehended crossing the border alone after previously being expelled with their family as a part of the pandemic health order

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Photo from Milenio (Mexico). Caption: “La Guardia Nacional actualmente cuenta con alrededor de 100 mil elementos.”https://www.milenio.com/policia/guardia-nacional-reconocen-institucion-2-anos-creacion

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April 6, 2021

Brazil

Is it possible that, inspired by Donald Trump, Mr Bolsonaro contemplates hanging on to power through the use of might? No. It is probable

Brazil, South America Regional

The P.1 variant, which packs a suite of mutations that make it more transmissible and potentially more dangerous, is no longer just Brazil’s problem. It’s South America’s problem — and the world’s

Central America Regional, U.S.-Mexico Border

Last year, amid the pandemic, Central Americans endured the formation of 30 cyclones that devastated entire regions and fueled the need to emigrate

Colombia

La medida, que pretende erradicar los cultivos ilícitos de coca, mantiene en vela a los campesinos de la zona por las consecuencias económicas, medioambientales y sociales que puede acarrear

Forced eradication can undermine counterinsurgency efforts, which depend on winning support from local populations

Colombia, Venezuela

El teniente coronel del Ejército Raúl Roilander Quintero falleció este lunes 5 de abril en el Hospital Militar de San Cristóbal, en el estado Táchira, tras resultar herido en un accidente con un mortero

«Digo que es ineptitud de Colombia, pero a veces pienso que es interés de ellos», apuntó

Cuba

El artista Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara había planificado un “cumpleaños colectivo” y congregó a los residentes del área. La policía rodeó la sede e intentó impedir la actividad

Honduras

El presidente Hernández rechazó los cargos y criticó a la justicia estadounidense por basarse, según él, en testimonios de excapos de la droga perseguidos por el gobierno hondureño

Mexico

Varios de sus artículos personales, incluyendo equipo de cómputo, televisiones y dinero, fue robado, aprovechando que se encontraba fuera de la ciudad junto con su familia

Los datos recabados por la Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda al Refugiado (Comar) muestran que 22 mil 606 extranjeros llegaron al país para pedir protección en los tres primeros meses del año

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Los señalamientos de Andrés Manuel López Obrador a la organización Artículo 19 fueron efectivos. Lograron desviar la discusión del tema sustancial que debiera estarse discutiendo estos días en el espacio público: la imparable y creciente crisis de derechos humanos

Ese punto es la entrada a Tierra Caliente y a lo más profundo donde se cocina la droga

Rosa Icela Rodríguez, titular de la SSPC, aseguró que quedaron atrás los tiempos de los cuerpos de seguridad reactivos, punitivos y autoritarios

U.S.-Mexico Border

Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the wall, has submitted a plan for what it wants to see happen moving forward

The recent increase in migration had begun well before Biden took office, and the reasons behind it form a complex web that was a long time in the making

Venezuela

Las cifra de presos por motivos de conciencia registra nueve personas menos con respecto al balance del mes de febrero, cuando que se realizaron algunas excarcelaciones

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Presidência da República photo at Veja (Brazil). Caption: “O presidente Jair Bolsonaro recebe continência do então comandante do Exército, Edson Leal Pujol Marcos Corrêa”

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April 5, 2021

Bolivia

La coca ilegal se incrementó en un 45% en 2020, según reveló el propio presidente Luis Arce, cuando presentó un anticipo del informe anual que la Oficina de Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (Unodc) entregará en junio

Brazil

A sugestão do presidente, recebida como completamente despropositada, acabou ignorada pelo Ministério da Defesa durante a elaboração da Ordem do Dia

Central America Regional, U.S.-Mexico Border

The ad campaign is designed to combat a range of factors driving migrants to the border, including a slew of misinformation being spread by smugglers and the widespread belief among migrants that under the Biden administration, border enforcement has been relaxed

Colombia

Este centro penitenciario, inaugurado en 1960, lleva décadas siendo escenario de todo tipo de crímenes. Expertos creen que ocultaría hasta fosas comunes

Las Agc se tomaron el territorio, después de un llamado de auxilio de Los Rastrojos, que estaban a punto de perder la guerra con el Eln

Colombia, Venezuela

«El conflicto se mantiene», afirma Tarazona, quien agrega este sábado 3 de abril persisten las explosiones y ataques en distintos sectores

The patterns of migration on this border have changed since the advent of COVID-19. The border may be closed, but there are hundreds of labyrinthine routes available to those wishing to cross for a price

La ONG FundaRedes reportó bombardeos en el estado Apure desde este viernes y la madrugada de este sábado 3 de abril, como parte del conflicto armado entre militares venezolanos y el frente 10 de disidentes de las Farc

Cuba

The plan to consolidate the prisoners was devised during the Trump administration, when their former compound, Camp 7, was failing

El Salvador

Bukele’s choice for security minister raised eyebrows due to Villatoro’s alleged ties to officials and political operators involved in major corruption schemes

Mexico

“They know that if they’d awarded the stretch here to a private company it would be easy to organise resistance, but not when it’s the army”

Un grupo de 33 migrantes menores de edad y 28 adultos fueron localizados en condiciones de hacinamiento y con signos de deshidratación en carretera Monterrey-Reynosa

Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border

Policies that restrict families with minors over age 6 from crossing into the U.S. can dash hopes of migrants

U.S.-Mexico Border

Two inspectors appointed by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee to monitor conditions faced by children in U.S. immigration custody detailed “severe overcrowding” at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in south Texas

Solo en marzo, llegaron 18.000 niños y adolescentes no acompañados. En Roma, uno de los puntos más activos de la frontera de Texas, EL PAÍS es testigo de cómo una decena de embarcaciones cruzan en una noche

More Americans disapprove than approve of how President Joe Biden is handling waves of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and approval of his efforts on larger immigration policy falls short of other top issues

Venezuela

Se envió un contingente de las FAES al estado Apure para “apoyar” en el conflicto. A partir de allí, iniciaron las denuncias de atropellos contra la población civil de la zona

Los periodistas de NTN24 Luis Gonzalo Pérez y Rafael Hernández denuncian que fueron detenidos, incomunicados y robados por funcionarios militares cuando intentaban cubrir el enfrentamiento en La Victoria, estado Apure

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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

Western Hemisphere Regional

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

Brazil

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

Chile

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

Colombia

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

Guatemala

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

Honduras

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

Mexico

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

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Photo from TalCual (Venezuela).

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April 1, 2021

Brazil

Opposition leaders demand impeachment for what they say is president’s illegal attempt to co-opt the country’s armed forces

On Tuesday night, the country’s new defense minister, Gen. Walter Braga Netto, said the coup’s anniversary should be celebrated

Critics see the recent behavior of Brazil’s president — polarizing in the best of times — as an unnerving sign of a flailing leader. His strategy, if there is one, is difficult to discern

Colombia

La primera imputación penal en la carrera de Sergio Fajardo, hoy candidato a la presidencia, fue anunciada esta mañana a través de un comunicado de la Fiscalía General, encabezada por el mejor amigo del presidente Duque, Francisco Barbosa

Colombia, Venezuela

  • Javier Ignacio Mayorca, Zona de Combates (Tal Cual (Venezuela), April 1, 2021).

Las disidencias de las FARC han dado muestras de su capacidad para infligir el mayor daño con la menor cantidad de bajas propias

El ataque con el lanzacohetes provocó la inutilización de un vehículo blindado BTR-80A, de fabricación rusa, y causó la muerte instantánea del sargento segundo Jesús Alexander Vásquez, además de heridas de gravedad en el cuerpo de un oficial subalterno

Guatemala, Mexico

Durante aproximadamente un kilómetro, las personas cercanas a Mazariegos Pérez realizaron la caminata con música religiosa y flores en este Departamento de San Marcos

Elvin Mazariegos Pérez tenía tres hijos y trabajaba como camionero llevando mercancías para vender en Tacaná, Guatemala

Guatemala, U.S.-Mexico Border

Reuters interviewed nearly two dozen migrants and more than a dozen people identifying themselves as smugglers, and examined hundreds of posts in closed Facebook groups where these “coyotes” advertise their services

Mexico

The Camargo massacre was not the first atrocity committed by the GOPES, but the flow of U.S. guns to the unit continued unabated

The president, who delivered his attack during a morning press conference, accused ARTICLE 19 of waging a conservative campaign against him with other conservative groups, and accused the organisation of being funded by the United States

U.S.-Mexico Border

In a March 26 federal court filing over land condemnation in Webb County, the U.S. argued against dismissing the case

Once activated, the bill would allow DHS to pull from a $1 billion fund as needed— preventing the agency from having to reprogram its own money to pay for food, transportation or clothing for large numbers of migrants

The plan the Biden administration is considering to speed up the process would take some asylum cases from the southern border out of the hands of the overloaded immigration courts under the Department of Justice and instead handle them under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security

US Border Patrol encounters are also expected to be largely made up of single adults, who are being turned away at the US southern border as soon as they’re encountered under a public health order, and as a result, might also account for repeat crossers

US Border Patrol has released video showing two children – 3, 5 – being physically dropped into the US by smugglers

Venezuela

Los activistas Juan Carlos Salazar y Diógenes Tirado, en compañía de los periodistas de la cadena neogranadina NTN24: Rafael Hernández y Luis Gonzalo Pérez; se encontraban documentando el conflicto armado

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Luisa González/Reuters photo at The Guardian (UK). Caption: “A Colombian navy boat patrols the Arauca river while a Venezuelan navy boat remains anchored on the border between their two countries as seen from Arauquita, Colombia.”

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March 31, 2021

Western Hemisphere Regional

The corruption of Nicolas Maduro increased the dire humanitarian crisis of the Venezuelan people. In Nicaragua, the corrupt Ortega regime passed increasingly repressive laws that limit severely the ability of opposition political groups, civil society, and independent media to operate. Meanwhile in Cuba, government restrictions continued to suppress the freedoms of expression, association, religion or belief, and movement

Brazil

The Armed Forces are split between an officer corps that came of age during the disgrace that followed the 1964-85 dictatorship (whose “anniversary” is Wednesday), and generally is loath to be seen as political, and a younger generation whose hatred for the left tends to overcome such misgivings

Retired generals and military analysts in Brazil struggled to make sense of this week’s changes, which neither the president nor the outgoing commanders explained

“The other day I saw a pretty strong article saying Brazil was starting to be seen by its neighbors as a sort of leper colony … and it’s probably true”

Central America Regional

As the big families lose political influence, they may start to see more clearly the benefits of cleaner governance

Colombia

La colectividad denuncia que en los últimos meses se han recrudecido las amenazas y la persecución a sus miembros en la capital, donde viven al menos 750 firmantes de la paz

Ellos mismos (la Fuerza Pública) arrancan las matas de aquí y las siembran más allá. Luego pasan, arrancan y vuelven y siembran en otro lado y así, todo el año en esas

Es muy evidente la improvisación, la falta de planificación, la falta de persecución sistemática al crimen. A los militares y policías siempre los sorprenden. Parece que no existiera inteligencia militar ni policial

Colombia, Venezuela

The change in tack from the government of President Nicolás Maduro most likely reflects a conflict in other shared interests: cocaine trafficking and illegal gold mining

Witnesses have described human rights abuses at the hands of the FANB soldiers, including home break-ins and forced disappearances

Guatemala

El decreto gubernativo 3-2021, firmado por el Presidente Giamattei, restringe el derecho de protesta pacífica, la libertad de reunión y de locomoción, entre otros, en cinco departamentos del país. La firma de este decreto se da tras comunicaciones en redes sociales y medios de que podría formarse una caravana a partir del 30 de marzo

Guatemala, Mexico

Gen. Sandoval denied that any of the soldiers had been taken into Guatemalan territory, but the spokesman for Guatemala’s army confirmed it and the Guatemalan government released photos of Mexican soldiers with Guatemalan police

Luego de varias horas de negociación los vecinos de la aldea La Esperanza accedieron a entregar a los seis soldados mexicanos y su armamento

Honduras

Las autoridades estadounidenses trabajaron silenciosa y pacientemente 14 años para atraparlo, once meses en enjuiciarlo y declararlo culpable y un año y cinco meses para sentenciarlo

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors and the judge repeatedly called out the Honduran president for his role in the drug trade along with his brother

In 2013, HERNÁNDEZ was campaigning to become a congressman and Juan Orlando Hernández was campaigning to become president. Around this time, according to testimony at trial, Juan Orlando Hernández solicited $1.6 million in drug proceeds from Ardon Soriano to support himself and National Party campaigns

Mexico

El presidente dedicó parte de su informe a resaltar las acciones de las Fuerzas Armadas en su administración, pues aseguró que sin ellas no solo no podría enfrentarse a la delincuencia organizada, sino que tampoco se podrían realizar obras de desarrollo, o enfrentar la pandemia

Las tres llegaron a Tapachula, Chiapas, donde solicitaron asilo ante la Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda al Refugiado (Comar) el 4 de septiembre de 2017, un año después de abandonar su país

De 2013 y de 2015 a mediados de 2019, al menos 20 migrantes —principalmente centroamericanos— fallecieron en su paso por México

El Ejército mexicano ofreció un millón de pesos como indeminización por el crimen de militares contra el guatemalteco Elvin Mazariegos Pérez en Chiapas, afirmó la familia de la víctima

Four police officers in the Mexican resort city of Tulum have been charged with femicide after a Salvadoran woman died while being restrained

U.S. efforts to battle powerful drug cartels from inside Mexico have ground to a halt since January as strained relations between the two countries have frozen attempts to corral drug kingpins, according to current and former senior officials in both nations

U.S.-Mexico Border

The children were being housed by the hundreds in eight “pods” formed by plastic dividers, each about 3,200 square feet (297 square meters) in size. Many of the pods had more than 500 children in them

To my frustration, many of my friends in the immigrant-advocacy community will not help shape these decisions; most are unable or unwilling to name any category of migrant who should ever be returned

Department of Homeland Security officials permitted the Associated Press and a camera crew to tour the Donna, Tex., temporary processing facility run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where 3,400 unaccompanied minors were in custody Tuesday along with 700 members of migrant families

“I’m a Border Patrol agent. I didn’t sign up for this,” Mr. Escamilla said as he looked at some of the younger children, many of them under 12, being housed at the facility

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Since November, a handful of nonprofit groups that work with unaccompanied children have compiled tallies showing that as many as 10-17 percent of children in custody were separated from relatives

Venezuela

En el marco de la cooperación bilateral entre los gobiernos de Nicolás Maduro y Vladimir Putin, se celebró una reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental de Alto Nivel Rusia-Venezuela, en la cual Maduro firmó 12 acuerdos con el país europeo

Concessions from Maduro on one or all three of these points could allow the Biden administration to justify taking a bigger policy risk—like offering partial sanctions relief in return for a starting broader, credible negotiations

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here)

Photo from Tal Cual (Venezuela).

March 30, 2021

Brazil

El ministro de Defensa, general Fernando Azevedo e Silva, anunció sorpresivamente su renuncia, horas después de que el canciller, Ernesto Araújo, comunicara su decisión de abandonar el cargo

Jair Bolsonaro’s ultraconservative foreign minister has resigned after a rebellion from diplomats and lawmakers who accused him of demolishing Brazil’s international reputation and putting Brazilian lives at risk

Ante la salida del titular de Defensa, la cúpula de las FF.AA. analiza la renuncia de los tres comandantes

Central America Regional

Immediate disaster relief, cash-for-work programs, COVID-19 vaccines, alternatives to irregular migration, and a clear break with predatory elites

Colombia

Salvatore Mancuso señaló a uno de los hombres más importantes de la inteligencia militar en Colombia, el general Iván Ramírez Quintero

En una carta enviada a la Casa Blanca, 25 organizaciones internacionales y colombianas piden que el gobierno estadounidense no financie la aspersión aérea en Colombia. Enviará familias campesinas de la pobreza a la extrema pobreza, le advirtieron

La implementación de los Acuerdos de La Habana está en deuda. ¿Cuál es la salida? Hablan algunos de los políticos de la región

Los combates entre el ELN y las disidencias de las FARC los obligaron a salir de sus hogares para buscar refugio en cascos urbanos

Está contemplado un encuentro con los directivos de la agencia Homeland Security Investigations (HSI/ICE) y de United States Marshals Service (USMS), y otros altos funcionarios de las áreas de inteligencia y operaciones internacionales de esta agencia federal del Departamento de Justicia

Colombia, Venezuela

El representante de la cartera castrense Vladimir Padrino López, señaló que los supuestos grupos armados continúan infundiendo terror en la población, al tiempo que los calificó como «mercenarios camaleónicos y desalmados»

El ministro de la Defensa de Colombia, Diego Molano, dijo que las instrucciones de Miraflores apuntan hacia un combate selectivo a uno de los grupos narcocriminales

El Salvador, Mexico

Videos echoing the death of George Floyd showed a police officer kneeling on the back of the woman, who died of a broken spine, just days before an international forum on gender equality began in Mexico

Guatemala, Mexico

Elementos del l XV Regimiento de Caballería Motorizada de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) dispararon contra el guatemalteco Elvin Mazariegos Pérez, quien había cruzado la frontera con México para comprar mercancía

Mexico

Sólo en el primer trimestre del año, al menos 13 mujeres han sido asesinadas en Quintana Roo, entidad turística donde seis de cada diez detenciones se han hecho con uso excesivo de la fuerza

Las policías ministeriales se involucran periódicamente en actividades delictivas en perjuicio de la población. Nadie parece tener claro, sin embargo, qué hacer con estos cuerpos

U.S.-Mexico Border

The spotlight shone brightly on Anapra in the past week after members of Mexico’s National Guard allegedly held at gunpoint and roughed up six Central Americans who wanted to cross into the United States

Venezuela

Krull’s assistance mapping the shell companies and straw men strung across secretive jurisdictions like Antigua, Malta and Hong Kong where Venezuelans have hidden their ill-gotten wealth has proven decisive

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Víctor Peña photo at El Faro (El Salvador). Caption: “After nightfall in Roma, Texas, nobody was running to evade authorities. Groups of 5, 10, even 20 people traveled along the side of the road to turn themselves in to Border Patrol and claim asylum. Every night, agents wait for the groups of Central Americans to arrive.”

(Even more here)

March 29, 2021

Chile

La petición formal de no prorrogar el estado de excepción, amenaza de renuncia de un ministro de Defensa y molestia por la disminución del presupuesto son parte de la bitácora que han marcado los últimos meses entre las FF.AA. y el gobierno

Colombia

Hay quienes cuestionan que el país esté en esa negociación, que sería de US$4.500 millones, cuando enfrenta una crisis social y económica por cuenta de la pandemia

Siento que se están inflando las cifras sin ningún proceso judicial y sin reconocer el trabajo serio de entidades que sí se han dedicado a eso

Esta idea de no pasar a la Historia como los únicos responsables de las atrocidades que se cometieron ha sido una preocupación reiterativa para los exjefes guerrilleros desde La Habana

Durante el último año nueve personas han sido asesinadas en operativos de erradicación forzada de cultivos de coca

Los casos que han llegado a la Corte IDH demuestran que Colombia ha tratado de esquivar su culpa, incluso con maniobras jurídicas revictimizantes o buscando la forma de señalar a otros o a las mismas víctimas, para atrincherarse

La confrontación armada comenzó desde el viernes pasado en el corregimiento El Plateado, de Argelia, donde más de seis mil campesinos “quedaron expuestos ante el uso de artefactos explosivos convencionales y no convencionales por parte de los actores armados ilegales”

Young people — trapped between an often absent state, the aggressive recruitment of armed groups and the firepower of the military — are once again the conflict’s most vulnerable targets

Colombia, Panama

Atraviesan miles de migrantes que llegan desde Haití, Cuba, e incluso desde Senegal y otros países africanos, como parte de su peligroso periplo para llegar a Estados Unidos

Colombia, Venezuela

Clashes continued on Sunday on the Venezuelan side of the border

Presuntos disidentes de la Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) habrían atacado entre la noche del 28 y la madrugada de este 29 de marzo un puestos de control de la Fuerza Armada Nacional (FAN) en La Charca, municipio Páez, estado Apure

En redes sociales, periodistas venezolanos han comenzado a publicar desgarradores testimonios de personas que vivieron los combates y que incluso han llegado a denunciar que son víctimas de ejecuciones extrajudiciales, conocidos como falsos positivos

“I couldn’t stay because they are killing people. They killed some neighbors and dressed them in Venezuelan army uniforms to pass them off as guerrillas,” Castillo said

ONG locales han pedido que se investigue si hubo una violación a los derechos humanos tras la muerte de cinco personas en el marco del operativo de la Fuerza Armada de Venezuela en Apure

Cuba

So far the administration has taken few steps on Cuba. Its only major move was to appoint an official to oversee the State Department’s response to the “Havana syndrome” attacks

El Salvador, Mexico

The woman died on Saturday in the Caribbean beach resort of Tulum. A video published by news site Noticaribe showed her writhing and crying out as she lay face down on a road with a policewoman kneeling on her back

Guatemala, Mexico

Los representantes de las instituciones enfatizaron la necesidad de que se tomen todas las medidas pertinentes para asegurar el cumplimiento de los controles migratorios y protocolos sanitarios

Honduras

El gobernante Juan Hernández aseguró que los narcotraficantes no habían encontrado forma de influir en él o de intimidarlo y que “la prueba más poderosa” era una grabación de 2013 que había hecho un “agente infiltrado” de la DEA

Mexico

Miles de migrantes centroamericanos y de otros países llevan semanas encerrados en albergues y estaciones migratorias, donde a diferencia de otros éxodos masivos, hoy la presencia de niños, niñas y adolescentes va en aumento

El despliegue ocurre al cumplirse una semana del histórico cierre de la frontera sur que México realizó con el argumento de frenar los contagios de COVID-19

Se busca que los derechos de las personas sean respetados y así garantizar un debido proceso

Las autodefensas de Tepalcatepec mantienen una barricada en la comunidad de Pinolapan para frenar el avance del CJNG, que ha protagonizado distintos ataques a comunidades de la zona en la última semanas

U.S.-Mexico Border

If the words and policies of a US president, whoever they may be, had such a huge influence on flows of migration, then how do you explain 2019?

The issues involved are nearly impossible to settle as long as policymakers regard decency as a political weakness rather than as a moral strength

An anticipated month-by-month increase that could result in at least 158,000 unaccompanied children arriving from April through September

Jewish Family Service staff push themselves to support as many asylum seekers as possible who are passing through the organization’s migrant shelter program

Department of Homeland Security officials are privately warning about what they see as the next phase of a migration surge that could be the largest in two decades, driven by a much greater number of families

The current backup at the border stems from more than insufficient infrastructure. Most Central Americans hoping to escape crushing poverty, gang and gender-based violence, and the increasing ravages of climate change are not eligible to apply for any existing American visa

The fate of migrant families is less clear. The administration has emphasized that it continues to expel families, but the latest government data shows the vast majority are now allowed to stay

In just four hours on Friday, March 26, around 300 people crossed the Rio Grande and set off along the dirt roads to Roma, where they were detained by Border Patrol

Venezuela

Alvarado se preguntó como Padrino López puede justificar el asesinato de cinco miembros de una familia en El Ripial y ataque a las ONG y medios de comunicación por difundir las denuncias

5 links from the past week

  • Lost in the “Biden border crisis” news framing is the crude fact that Joe Biden has kept in place a crown jewel of the Trump administration’s approach: the pandemic expulsions policy, known as “Title 42,” that expels most migrants. At the Los Angeles Times, Molly O’Toole explains the policy and unpacks data about how broadly it is being applied.
  • In The Invisible Wall, the Haitian Bridge Alliance, Quixote Center, and UndocuBlack Network show the toll that the Title 42 policy has had on one of the weakest and most vulnerable populations: Haitian and other black migrants.
  • Two years ago, the Bolsonaro government deployed the military to prevent Amazon deforestation. “Operation Green Brazil” has proved to be a predictable but disastrous failure, a Reuters investigation finds, in part because the armed forces were such an inappropriate tool for the job of environmental protection.
  • El Faro talks to a former Salvadoran military captain and others who repent of their role in the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero.
  • Dissent runs a thoughtful critique from three left-of-center scholars of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who “continues to decry the faults of neoliberalism, but his government is, for the most part, failing to build an effective alternative.”

Some articles I found interesting this morning

@miltonhav photo at El Espectador (Colombia). Caption: “Bomba en la Alcaldía de Corinto, Cauca.”

(Even more here)

March 26, 2021

Central America Regional

“You have, frankly, a predatory elite that benefits from the status quo, which is to not pay any taxes or invest in social programs,” said Gonzalez, the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere

Colombia

La primera audiencia del general (r) Rito Alejo del Río no fue como las víctimas esperaban

El programa Somos Defensores, la Corporación Viso Mutop y la Asociación Minga presentan hoy un documento sobre las agresiones a esta población desde la firma de la paz

Agresiones a personas defensoras de derechos humanos y población campesinas vinculadas a cultivos de uso ilícito

De acuerdo con la administración municipal once de los heridos son funcionarios de la Alcaldía

Colombia, Venezuela

Kyle Johnson, cofundador e investigador de la fundación Conflict Responses, aseguró que hay intentos de reclutamientos de migrantes venezolanos dentro de Colombia

Colombian officials said more than 3,900 people have now moved from Venezuela to northeast Colombia, about 800 more than Wednesday

Guatemala, Mexico

The reality is it’s business as usual, with entire communities making a living off the passing migrants

Honduras

“In many foreign policy circles we have a tendency to look at the world, and in Latin America in particular, in terms of left and right, with the left as bad guys and the right as the good guys.”

Mexico

International monitoring groups say clashes that began over the weekend between Venezuelaâ??s military and a Colombian armed group in a community along the nationsâ?? shared border have continued

Un grupo de mujeres migrantes centroamericanas y sus hijos se amotinaron este viernes en el albergue conocido como La Mosca en el municipio de Chiapa de Corzo

Las fuerzas federales mexicanas se han desplegado por las peligrosas rutas migratorias entre el estado de Tabasco (sureste de México) y la frontera con Guatemala, hoy cerrada a toda actividad no esencial, lo que obliga a los migrantes a buscar nuevos caminos

El Gobernador Alfredo del Mazo ha sido incapaz de frenar al crimen organizado en el territorio que gobierna; tampoco ha puesto orden en las filas policiacas, consideradas una de las más corruptas del país

“Te enfrentas a una serie de obstáculos que coartan tu trabajo y la posibilidad de seguir avanzando, de seguir acompañando, de seguir señalando”, dice Anaís al recordar. Luego sentencia: “Tienes al aparato estatal soplándote en la nuca”

Nicaragua

La Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER Act) también busca reforzar los informes de inteligencia sobre las actividades de espionaje de Rusia en Nicaragua

Entitled the Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act, the legislation proposes new initiatives to address corruption by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government and family, as well as human rights abuses

Peru

Add up the “don’t knows” and those who tell pollsters they will cast blank or spoilt ballots and they come to around 30%

También dijo que los bombardeos de los helicópteros eran “como caca de gaviota” para ellos

U.S.-Mexico Border

“It’s 30 miles to the next type of town — and that’s 30 miles of open desert,” Mayor Chris Riggs said on Tuesday. “Come July and August, we’re going to be finding bodies”

To the extent that the United States has a border crisis, it is an enduring one: the mistreatment of human beings in American custody

The Biden administration estimates that between 18,600 to about 22,000 children could cross the U.S. southern border in April. For May, officials are guessing the figure could rise to between 21,800 and nearly 25,000

Desperate migrants brave perilous river, ocean and desert crossings to reach the United States. Many have died of heat stroke after getting lost in the remote, rugged arid lands of Arizona

What they reported was not exactly great, but it was perhaps somewhat encouraging, particularly in light of other dire images of migrant families held at the border

Congressional Republicans and Democrats were about 245 miles away from each other in Texas Friday for firsthand observation of the children and families coming into the United States from Mexico — and worlds apart on how to handle the increase

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who fled civil war-torn Somalia with her family when she was 8 and spent four years in a refugee camp before moving to the U.S., said she saw herself in the children she talked to at the facility

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Guillermo Arias/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images photo in The Wall Street Journal. Caption: “An aerial view of a migrants’ camp in Tijuana on March 17.”

(Even more here)

March 25, 2021

Western Hemisphere Regional

As new research shows huge setbacks to education and inequality, the region’s leaders seem to be “sleepwalking”

Central America Regional, Guatemala

El hecho es que el combate a la corrupción sí será un eje central: el eje de la política del Presidente Biden para Centro América, porque, como podemos ver, entre el crimen organizado y la corrupción pública, eso es un elemento fundamental en el deterioro

Colombia

He asks the US Congress to “again call on the government of Colombia to make a final decision to implement the Peace Agreement in a comprehensive way”

Colombia, Venezuela

Pares habló con Anderson Rodríguez, presidente de la Asosicación Campesina de Arauca, para conocer sobre la situación que se está viviendo en el municipio de Arauquita

Thousands of Venezuelans are seeking shelter in Colombia this week following clashes between Venezuela’s military and a Colombian armed group in a community along the nations’ shared border

El Salvador

Reduced to ignominy, Saravia has been a pizza delivery man, a used car salesman and a drug money launderer. Now he is burning in the hell he helped create during a time when killing “communists” was a sport

Guatemala, U.S.-Mexico Border

The biggest cash cow for the smugglers knows as coyotes are the individuals and families that are lured to the U.S. with the promise that their guides will try three or more times to get them safely across the border

Haiti

In a recent interview, the Haitian leader lamented that he has the confidence of only a small sliver of his people

Almost all of these expulsions are occurring under what is referred to as the “ Title 42” policy enacted by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”)

Black migrants face rates of arrest, detention, and deportation disproportionate to their numbers in this country

Mexico

El mandatario informó que las 2.7 millones de dosis AstraZeneca, procedentes de Estados Unidos, llegarán el domingo o el lunes entrante

El 16.6% de los entrevistados está “muy de acuerdo” y otro 23.5% “algo de acuerdo” con un gobierno militar (40% en total). El restante 60% rechazó este tipo de gobierno

U.S.-Mexico Border

Biden on Thursday said he was negotiating with the president of Mexico to address the refusals to take back families at the border: “I think we are going to see that can change.”

Single adults account for 82% of the apprehensions so far this fiscal year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. Some 60% of all single adults apprehended were Mexicans

The Biden administration says it is attempting to build a new immigration model that will deliver asylum decisions in the U.S. much more quickly and vet more people for their eligibility in their home countries—but both will take time

It is a task that carries political risks for Harris, a potential future presidential candidate. Border woes have been an intractable problem for multiple presidents

More than 16,500 unaccompanied migrant children were in federal custody as of early Wednesday. More than 11,500 of those children were being housed in shelters and emergency housing sites, while another 5,000 were stranded in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities

Up to 600 families were assembled in recent days at the site under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas, sleeping in the dirt, exposed to the elements, without much food or access to medical care

The Border Patrol has started releasing migrant families in Yuma, Ajo and Gila Bend, where nonprofits and local government officials are trying to care for them despite the COVID-19 restrictions and the community’s lack of infrastructure

Venezuela

La CIDH destacó que el uso de la jurisdicción penal militar se intensifica durante los episodios de protestas, como ocurrió en el año 2017, cuando más de 750 personas civiles fueron presentadas ante esos espacios

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