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47 US Dems ask Trump to sanction Guatemala government

Jan. 17, 2019 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 47 Democratic members of Congress urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to impose sanctions on corrupt officials in the government of Guatemala and suspend assistance to the Central American nation. The legislators, led by Reps. Norma Torres and Jim McGovern of California,...

After crossing into Guatemala, migrants set sights on Mexico

Jan. 16, 2019 8:40 PM EST

AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala (AP) — More than 1,700 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States. Over 1,700 migrants passed through the Agua Caliente border crossing under the...

Last year's Central American caravan dwindles, new one forms

Jan. 15, 2019 11:24 PM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 midterm election has quietly dwindled, with many having gone home to Central America or put down roots in Mexico. Despite the hard-line immigration rhetoric by the Trump administration,...

UN anti-corruption body in Guatemala says work lit backlash

Jan. 11, 2019 7:06 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The head of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala says power structures that co-opt the government and refuse to give up their privileges are responsible for trying to block the body's work. In a letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Ivan Velasquez says the...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 11, 2019 12:02 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. More Central American migrants filtered from Mexico into the United States as U.S authorities continued to harden and repair sections of walls...

Guatemala court blocks president's expulsion of UN team

Jan. 9, 2019 9:56 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court issued a ruling Wednesday blocking President Jimmy Morales' decision to unilaterally end a U.N. anti-corruption commission. The commission, known by its Spanish initials as CICIG, has angered Morales by investigating him, his sons and his brother on...

Asylum seekers find it's catch and can't release fast enough

Jan. 8, 2019 10:12 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has ended "catch-and-release" for asylum seekers, but in cities on the U.S. border with Mexico it is catch and can't release fast enough. Since late October, the U.S. has been releasing asylum-seeking families so quickly they don't even have time to make...

Historic Guatemalan anti-corruption battle endangered

Jan. 8, 2019 4:58 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A decade-long, U.N.-assisted anti-corruption effort that brought down a president faced extinction after the Guatemalan government ended the agreement, drawing condemnation Tuesday from transparency and rights groups. The U.N. anti-corruption commission, known by its initials as the...

Mexico to regulate 370 illegal crossings on Guatemala border

Jan. 8, 2019 1:21 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has pledged to put guards at some 370 illegal crossing points along the country's southern border with Guatemala. The crossings "will be guarded and controlled to prevent the entry of undocumented people," Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero said Monday....

US delegation seeks more details on Guatemalan boy's death

Jan. 8, 2019 12:39 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus took aim Monday at President Donald Trump's insistence that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will help alleviate the immigration crisis and bolster security. Caucus Chairman U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas argued during a visit to...