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Guatemala congress cuts sentences for corruption convictions

Nov. 12, 2019 10:14 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan legislators have voted to reduce the possible jail terms for acts of corruption by as much as 50% for those who confess to their acts. The country's unicameral congress voted by a slim majority Tuesday to approve the changes. Guatemala has been in the grip of a corruption...

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?

Nov. 8, 2019 1:47 PM EST

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York as Canadian law enforcement officers watched a short distance away, across a ditch that...

House Democrat criticizes Mississippi chicken plant raids

Nov. 7, 2019 5:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It's "disappointing" that President Donald Trump's administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House...

Ex-Guatemala army officer arrested on genocide charges

Oct. 25, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former Guatemalan army operations chief has been arrested on charges of genocide for actions between 1978 and 1982 during the country's civil war. The detention of César Octavio Noguera Argueta's arrest was announced Friday by the Association for Justice and Reconciliation...

Charge dropped against man arrested after speaking Spanish

Oct. 22, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a Guatemalan who was arrested after coming to the attention of Border Patrol agents for speaking Spanish in public in a case that raised concerns about racial profiling. The Border Patrol acknowledged in a court document that...

Asylum-seeking Mexicans are more prominent at US border

Oct. 18, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Lizbeth Garcia tended to her 3-year-old son outside a tent pitched on a sidewalk, their temporary home while they wait for their number to be called to claim asylum in the United States. The 33-year-old fled Mexico's western state of Michoacan a few weeks ago with her husband...

US resumes assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

Oct. 16, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is resuming targeted foreign assistance funding for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras after the three Central American countries recently signed immigration deals with Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the funding will support programs aimed...

Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern Mexico

Oct. 12, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials broke up a caravan of around 2,000 migrants that had set out from southern Mexico Saturday in the hopes of reaching the United States, amid increasing difficulty obtaining permission to pass through Mexico. Many of the migrants who departed from Tapachula, Chiapas...

Venezuela denies entry of Guatemala's president-elect

Oct. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The president-elect of Guatemala said he was blocked Saturday from entering Venezuela where he planned to meet opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is seeking to oust socialist President Nicolás Maduro. Officials defended their actions, saying Guatemala's incoming leader,...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 11, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

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. Anti-government protests convulsed Ecuador, with indigenous groups, union activists and others blocking roads and clashing with police after...