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Guatemalan cardinal to visit Mississippi after migrant raids

Dec. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Guatemalan cardinal who advocates for migrants will visit Mississippi following immigration raids last summer that prompted 680 arrests. The Rev. Roberto Mena, who pastors some Catholic churches in Mississippi affected by the raids, announced the visit Saturday. Pope Francis...

Critics say Guatemala commission undermining anti-graft push

Dec. 13, 2019 12:21 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One by one, witnesses sat in the elegant wooden chair in Guatemala’s Congress in recent weeks to air their grievances against the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that over the course of 12 years helped bring to justice hundreds of politicians, businesspeople, judges and...

A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

Dec. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SANTA ANA, El Salvador (AP) — María Teresa Carballo was worried. She hadn’t heard from her daughter-in-law since the young woman and her two young children left with a smuggler for the U.S. border a week earlier. The silence was unexpected: Seventeen other members of Carballo’s family...

Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying...

US sends first non-Guatemalan migrant families to Guatemala

Dec. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala on Thursday received the first families of migrants sent by the United States under an agreement to return non-Guatemalans who passed through that country on their way to the U.S. border. The national migration agency confirmed the arrival of 14 people, seven from Honduras...

AP Explains: A look at El Salvador's new anti-graft body

Dec. 9, 2019 6:03 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has moved to create the International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador, tasked with tackling corruption, along the lines of similar investigative bodies that have operated in neighboring Guatemala...

Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Dec. 5, 2019 11:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration's treatment of...

US flies 3 Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala

Dec. 3, 2019 2:50 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Three Central Americans who arrived in the United States intending to seek asylum were sent to Guatemala on Tuesday under a July agreement between the two countries making Guatemala a so-called safe third country. Guatemala’s migration agency confirmed the arrivals of the two...

Sheriff: 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in crash

Dec. 2, 2019 8:23 PM EST

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — The men and youths from Guatemala had worked all week on one of the largest Christmas tree farms in the world, loading the fir trees onto trucks for shipment around the United States. Ranging in age from 14 to 64, the 13 workers were headed home Friday night when their van collided...

Face of Guatemala’s anti-corruption fight faces threats

Nov. 25, 2019 1:15 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Erika Lorena Aifán is used to threats after more than a decade as a judge in Guatemala, but she says the tone has intensified in recent months, such as the text message to her cellphone saying that she and her family “should be dead.” The woman who has become one of...