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House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Claims: Migrant children molested in U.S.-funded foster care

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ___ Dozens of families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy...

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

Aug. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ___ After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist's home, he decided to...

President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US

Aug. 14, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan immigration agreement signed with the Trump administration won't work because the Central American nation does not have the resources, the country's new president-elect says. Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative who was chosen overwhelmingly by voters in a weekend runoff...

President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US

Aug. 13, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said Tuesday that Guatemala will not be able to hold up its side of an immigration agreement with the United States by serving as a "safe third country" for asylum seekers. Giammattei told The Associated Press his country cannot tend to its own...

Guatemalans worry about graft after Giammattei wins election

Aug. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Few took to Guatemala's streets to celebrate Monday after Alejandro Giammattei overwhelmingly won election as the country's next president, with some questioning how he would tackle the corruption, violence and insufficient economic opportunity that has driven tens of thousands to...

Border agent facing trial for hitting migrant gets plea deal

Aug. 12, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent accused of using his vehicle to knock over a fleeing Guatemalan migrant nearly two years ago in Arizona has reached a plea agreement. Matthew Bowen was scheduled to go on trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson for the December 2017 incident in Nogales,...

Pelosi: Immigration reform is Congress' moral responsibility

Aug. 12, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she sees comprehensive immigration reform not only as Congress' official work but also as its moral responsibility as she finishes up a tour of Central America. Pelosi traveled with a congressional delegation to explore the causes of immigration and...

Conservative appears to win Guatemala's presidential runoff

Aug. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Conservative Alejandro Giammattei headed for an easy victory in Sunday's presidential runoff election, garnering favor with Guatemalan voters for his get-tough approach on crime and socially conservative values. With about 95% of polling places reporting, the country's Supreme...

Pelosi: Immigration reform is Congress' moral responsibility

Aug. 11, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she sees comprehensive immigration reform not only as Congress' official work but also as its moral responsibility as she finishes up a tour of Central America. Pelosi traveled with a congressional delegation to explore the causes of immigration and...