Latest El Salvador News

Teen mom, newborn eye new life from Tijuana migrant shelter

Jul. 22, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The tiny, month-old boy slept soundly on the bottom bunk, seemingly undisturbed by the squealing Central American toddlers running by and a kitten leaping from the neighboring bed. About 25 people sleep in the cinderblock room crammed with seven bunkbeds at a Tijuana shelter...

US notes advance in Mexican migration enforcement

Jul. 21, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Sunday that Mexico has made progress on migration enforcement, while expressing hope that El Salvador can stem the tide of migrants north from that Central American country. Pompeo spent the morning with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo...

Mexico tree plan in El Salvador aims to stem migration

Jul. 19, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Mexico is bringing to El Salvador a tree-planting program that aims to support rural residents and ease economic pressures driving thousands of people to leave for the United States. The program known as "Sowing Life" offers farmers $250 a month to plant fruit or timber...

El Salvador files graft charges against ex-justice minister

Jul. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday accused a former minister of justice and public security of illicit enrichment and said they are seeking restitution of over $1 million in allegedly misappropriated government funds. The case against René Mario Figueroa also targets his wife,...

Correction: El Salvador-Massacre story

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a story July 18 about new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two military officers were killed in 1984 when the helicopter in which they were flying was fired on by guerrillas. It was blown up by...

Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers

Jul. 17, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody said Wednesday he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference, Manuel Duran discussed what he...

AP Explains: Questions and answers on new US asylum ban

Jul. 16, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major immigration policy shift took effect Tuesday to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country. The dramatic move will likely have the biggest impact on Guatemalans and Hondurans, who must pass through Mexico to reach the U.S. by...

Bukele defends Salvador on migration, crime, raps neighbors

Jul. 16, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's new president said his country is trying to reduce irregular migration and fight crime and drug trafficking, and deserves to be treated differently than nearby countries. In remarks late Monday, Nayib Bukele called on Washington not to lump his country in with...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández,...

The Latest: Mexico 'does not agree' with new US asylum rule

Jul. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's new rule for Central American migrants seeking U.S. asylum (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says his country "does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum. That was a reference to...