Latest Guatemala News

Some asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico help each other

Jul. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico (AP) — A small group of asylum seekers sit under a canopy on the side of a road leading into the United States, chatting to pass the time as a blazing desert sun pushes the heat into triple digits and fumes roll in from dozens of cars lined up to cross the U.S.-Mexico border....

Tennessee student dies in accident on Guatemala trip

Jul. 20, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A college-bound student in Tennessee was killed in an accident while on a trip to Guatemala. Carson-Newman University says Seth Washam died from an electrical short in a hotel swimming pool, according WATE-TV. His sister, Emma Washam, a junior at Carson-Newman, was injured in...

Guatemala's highest court blocks proposed amnesty law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court has ruled against a legislative proposal to grant amnesty for human rights abuses during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. The bill had failed to gain final approval in Congress, but was not completely dead. The Constitutional Court voted Friday to grant a...

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Jul. 18, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $3...

The Latest: Police: Victim was in Iowa to work with suspect

Jul. 18, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of a Des Moines woman and her two children. (all times local): 5 p.m. A police spokesman says a woman killed along with her two young children this week had come to Des Moines to work with the man charged in their deaths. A Guatemala national, 31-year-old...

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...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...

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...

Trump meeting with Guatemalan president rescheduled

Jul. 14, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a meeting planned Monday between President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to talk about immigration and security issues is being rescheduled. In its update, the White House said the United States will continue to work with the Government of...