Latest El Salvador News

Advocates: Honduran mother, children deported to Guatemala

Jan. 21, 2020 2:40 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Honduran mother and her two children who had been hospitalized have been deported to Guatemala under a Trump administration policy of sending some people seeking asylum in the U.S. to third countries, advocates for the mother said Tuesday. Lawyers had asked a federal judge last week to...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents walk down the hallway of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary facility near the Donna International Bridge in Donna, Texas. The U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family’s advocates. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

Jan. 18, 2020 8:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family’s advocates. The family’s advocates...

FILE - This June 6, 2019 file photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows one of the signs over the doorways within the dedicated unit for transgender migrants in the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, N.M. One month after winning her release from immigration detention, a transgender woman from El Salvador was arrested  Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, and taken back to the Cibola County facility because the U.S. government is appealing. Lawyers say the woman is being unfairly detained and has a seizure disorder that threatens her life if left untreated. (Ron Rogers/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

Lawyers: ICE arrests trans migrant woman month after release

Jan. 17, 2020 2:53 PM EST

One month after winning her release from immigration detention, a transgender woman from El Salvador with several illnesses was arrested and taken back to the same jail because the U.S. government is appealing the judge's decision, the woman's lawyers said Friday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

El Salvador asks Interpol to help detain ex-congress chief

Jan. 16, 2020 1:41 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge in El Salvador asked Interpol to issue a red note detention order for Sigfrido Reyes, the former president of the country’s congress, and three other people on corruption allegations. The press office for the court in San Salvador confirmed Thursday that the...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Guatemalans who were deported from the United States arrive to La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that Trump administration asylum agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are illegal. The agreements allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations. The American Civil Liberties lawsuit says the agreements are dangerous and violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups want the so-called cooperative asylum agreements declared illegal, and are asking a federal judge to block Homeland Security officials from enforcing the new rules. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Asylum agreements with Central American nations challenged

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal challenge filed...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, migrants discuss their journey using a map posted inside the sports complex where thousands of migrants have been camped out for several days in Mexico City.  The United States began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala in November 2019 and in Jan. 2020 said it would expand it to Mexicans. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

AP Explains: US sending asylum seekers to Central America

Jan. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala in November and last week said it would expand the practice to Mexicans. The U.S. could also start sending asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil to Honduras starting as...

Salvadoran accused of terrorism ties arrested in Carson City

Jan. 9, 2020 1:35 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Federal marshals have arrested a Salvadoran man in Carson City that they say is in the U.S. illegally and has ties to a terrorist organization in Central America. U.S immigration and customs officials say Rene Antonio “Scrapy” Hernandez-Mejia was taken into custody on...

former Salvadoran congressman Roberto Silva Pereira arrives at the Judicial Center of San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Silva Pereira who was a congressman from El Salvador's conservative National Conciliation Party was arrested Wednesday following his deportation from the United States, where he fled in 2007. He allegedly bribed local officials to grant unfair contracts to front companies. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Former Salvadoran congressman arrested on arrival from US

Jan. 8, 2020 9:00 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A former Salvadoran congressman was arrested Wednesday following his deportation from the United States, where he fled in 2007. Roberto Silva Pereira was a congressman from El Salvador's conservative National Conciliation Party who was stripped of his immunity from...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 photo, migrants rest at

Mexico upset by US plan to send Mexicans to Guatemala

Jan. 7, 2020 5:54 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As the United States moved aggressively over the past year to sharply reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving at its southwest border, Mexicans were spared. But now Mexico is expressing its displeasure at U.S. plans to send Mexican asylum seekers some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers)...

El Salvador families demand justice in past crimes by rebels

Jan. 3, 2020 3:27 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Relatives of people killed by guerrillas during El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war demanded Friday that prosecutors investigate some former leftist rebels for crimes against humanity. El Salvador's armed forces committed the majority of the killings and disappearances, and...