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Judge finds US in contempt after immigrants in suit deported

Feb. 19, 2020 3:56 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has found the U.S. government in contempt after authorities deported five young immigrants who were seeking to remain in the country under a program for abused and neglected immigrant children. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins issued the civil order Friday...

Guatemala lawmakers OK controversial NGO regulations

Feb. 12, 2020 6:37 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan lawmakers approved changes to laws on non-governmental organizations that would give the executive branch the authority to allow such groups to operate or shut them down if they are deemed disruptive. The measure prompted alarm on the part of civil society groups that...

Judge denies deportation stay for boy, 5, with head injury

Feb. 10, 2020 5:38 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge rejected a request for an emergency stay Monday to require that a 5-year-old Guatemalan boy not be deported before he is seen by a pediatric neurologist, according to advocates for the child. Lawyers for the child's family plan to appeal Judge Stephen V. Wilson's denial...

ICE sued over treatment of 5-year-old with head injury

Feb. 8, 2020 12:08 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old Guatemalan boy sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the medical care he has received in detention for a head injury suffered before the family was arrested. The lawsuit filed late Friday in California asks a judge to order the child to be taken to a...

This photo taken Dec. 21, 2019, shows  Maudy Constanza, 24, whose had her family divided as they tried to come to the United States to seek asylum. She and her two young daughters are in Ashland, Mass, while her husband and son were sent to Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican border town, under the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico policy. The ACLU is bringing a lawsuit on Costanza's behalf against the program. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP)

Guatemalan family seeking asylum reunited after suing feds

Feb. 7, 2020 4:55 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Guatemalan family seeking asylum has been reunited in Massachusetts after challenging their separation under the Trump administration's controversial “Remain in Mexico” asylum process. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said Friday that Maudy Constanza, Hanz...

Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei shakes hands with Mexican Senate President Monica Fernandez Balboa after addressing the senate members in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In Mexico, Guatemala president urges trade to slow migration

Feb. 6, 2020 4:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president urged Mexico on Thursday to boost commercial ties between the neighboring nations, arguing that creating more work opportunities is crucial for reducing migration northward toward the United States. Speaking at the Senate in Mexico City, Alejandro...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, Minister of Foreign Affairs for El Salvador speaks during a joint news conference with Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan at the US Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington. El Salvador is not ready to receive asylum seekers from the United States and will not accept them until it can offer them the necessary protections and support, Hill Tinoco said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

El Salvador says it's not ready to receive asylum seekers

Feb. 5, 2020 8:50 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador is not ready to receive asylum seekers from the United States and will not accept them until it can offer them the necessary protections and support, Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill Tinoco said Wednesday. El Salvador is one of three Central American governments...

Guatemala names former drug czar head of new anti-graft body

Feb. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s recently inaugurated president on Tuesday named an expert on drug-trafficking issues as the head of his new commission that will investigate corruption in the Central American nation’s government. Oscar Dávila, 44, is a lawyer who formerly served as an...

Chinese tourists wear masks in Rome, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Italy banned all flights coming from and going to China as European countries have stepped up their response to the new virus that has sickened thousands of people in China and reached 19 other countries. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Latest: Autoworker's child among Germany's 7 virus cases

Jan. 31, 2020 3:44 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 4:40 a.m. Germany has confirmed its sixth and seventh cases of the virus that is spreading from central China — and one new patient is a child of an employee who was previously infected by a work colleague. The...

Stripes, one of 17 rescued tigers and lions from Guatemala circuses is released at the Animal Defenders International Wildlife Sanctuary in Winburg, South Africa, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Abused circus animals arrive at South African sanctuary

Jan. 31, 2020 11:08 AM EST

WINBURG, South Africa (AP) — Twelve tigers and five lions have been relocated to a sanctuary in South Africa after being rescued from circuses in Guatemala following years of abuse and confinement. The animals, both cubs and adults, are among 200 that have been rescued from the circus industry in...