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Mexico proposes US fund Central America development projects

May. 23, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico proposed Thursday that the United States finance seven projects aimed at boosting the economies of three Central American nations whose poverty and violence push desperate people to migrate north. Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters after meeting with U.S. Deputy...

Group seeks $100M for woman killed by US border agent

May. 23, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates demanded $100 million in damages Thursday on behalf of the family of a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year. The legal claim on behalf of Claudia Patricia Gómez González was filed one year after she died. It comes as...

Mexico studies building new immigration facilities

May. 21, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is studying a change in the way it handles migrants who have been overwhelming its facilities near the border with Guatemala, and may try to keep more of them in newly constructed voluntary shelters rather than in detention facilities. Tonatiuh Guillén, director of the...

Mexico calls for regional development to address immigration

May. 20, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A U.N. commission on Monday presented a roadmap to boost economic development in three Central American nations whose poverty and violence now pushes desperate migrants to travel across Mexico to the United States. The plan calls for hefty increases in social spending, tackling...

Prosecutor: Agent called migrants 'savages' before hitting 1

May. 20, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Border Patrol agent in Arizona sent texts calling immigrants "savages" and "subhuman" the month before using his patrol vehicle to knock over a Guatemalan man who was trying to flee, prosecutors say. Court documents filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Tucson say Agent...

5th migrant child dies after detention by US border agents

May. 20, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old Guatemala migrant who died Monday in U.S. custody had been held by immigration authorities for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred him to another holding facility even after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager,...

Official: Guatemalan girl died in fall in Mexican custody

May. 17, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top human rights official said Friday that a 10-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in custody fell from a bunk. Immigration officials originally said Thursday that she arrived at a Mexico City detention center complaining that her throat hurt. Interior undersecretary for human...

4th death of migrant child since December raises new alarms

May. 16, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates raised new alarms Thursday about the U.S. government's treatment of migrant families after a 2½-year-old Guatemalan child became the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by border agents since December. "The death of a single child in custody of our government...

AG Barr promises continued support to Northern Triangle

May. 16, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that funding under his authority for policing in Central America's Northern Triangle is not at risk under the Trump administration's promise to cut off those countries not doing enough to control migration. Barr spoke after...

Court ruling puts Guatemala vote, anti-graft fight in doubt

May. 16, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor's candidacy has turned Guatemala's presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption. The rejection of Thelma Aldana's...