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In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, transgender woman Leticia shows a photograph of Camila Díaz, another transgender woman she met while migrating to the U.S. where they both turned themselves in to U.S. immigration authorities and were eventually deported, during an interview at the office of rights group

Salvadorans who fled to US to escape violence returned to it

Mar. 6, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Several years ago, Camila Díaz left her native El Salvador and went to the United States, looking for a place where she would be safer as a transgender woman. But she failed to find a sympathetic ear. Deported back to San Salvador, the nation's capital, she was killed...

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to his supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Bukele has called on supporters to converge around the country's parliament after legislators refused to gather to vote on a $109 million loan to better equip the country's security forces. Top commanders of the country's police and military have expressed allegiance to the president during the standoff, while positioning security forces around the legislative building. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador reconciliation law vetoed over impunity fears

Feb. 29, 2020 12:05 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele said Friday he has vetoed a national reconciliation bill approved earlier this week by lawmakers, arguing that it would result in impunity for crimes against humanity from El Salvador’s 1980-1992 civil war. In a news conference at the...

In this Feb. 7, 2020 photo, a Honduran delivery driver stands for a portrait in Guatemala City, where U.S authorities sent him to apply for Guatemalan asylum rather than allowing him to apply in the U.S. Fearing for his life, the 25-year-old had fled to the United States-Mexico border and requested asylum. After nine days in custody, he was put on a plane in McAllen, Texas, and sent to Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

'Deportation with a layover:' US sends migrants to Guatemala

Feb. 24, 2020 10:49 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — After he was involved in a fender bender with a gang member, the Honduran delivery driver was in trouble: The accident wasn't his fault, but he couldn't pay the damages, and the other driver threatened to kill him. Fearing for his life, the thin, curly-haired 25-year-old fled to the...

FILE - In this March 12, 2005 file photo, farmers rest in Aguilares, El Salvador, beside a monument dedicated to the Rev. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest who inspired St. Oscar Romero and was himself a victim of El Salvador’s right-wing death squads. Pope Francis approved a decree Friday, Feb.22, 2020, proclaiming Grande a martyr for the Catholic faith, as well as two Salvadorans who were killed along with him. (AP Photo/Edgar Romero, File)

Pope OKs beatification for Rutilio Grande, Salvadoran martyr

Feb. 22, 2020 4:51 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has moved the Rev. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest who inspired St. Oscar Romero and was himself a victim of El Salvador’s right-wing death squads, a step closer to possible sainthood. Francis approved a decree Friday proclaiming Grande a martyr for the Catholic...

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to his supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Bukele has called on supporters to converge around the country's parliament after legislators refused to gather to vote on a $109 million loan to better equip the country's security forces. Top commanders of the country's police and military have expressed allegiance to the president during the standoff, while positioning security forces around the legislative building. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador's Bukele says he'll obey high court on military

Feb. 11, 2020 5:20 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele said Tuesday he will obey a Supreme Court order that he stop pressuring lawmakers to approve a $109 million loan he is seeking to bolster El Salvador’s fight against gangs, lowering tensions after military and police were deployed to the...

Armed Special Forces soldiers of the Salvadoran Army, following orders of President Nayib Bukele, enter congress upon the arrival of lawmakers, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Bukele has called on supporters to converge around the country's parliament after legislators refused to gather to vote on a $109 million loan to better equip the country's security forces. Top commanders of the country's police and military have expressed allegiance to the president during the standoff, while positioning security forces in and around the legislative building. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Concern in El Salvador after militarized standoff over funds

Feb. 10, 2020 5:31 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Lawmakers suspended work by commissions in congress Monday, including a treasury committee responsible for debating a $109 million security loan sought by President Nayib Bukele, a day after heavily armed troops and special forces were deployed in and around the building in...

Armed Special Forces soldiers of the Salvadoran Army, following orders of President Nayib Bukele, enter congress upon the arrival of lawmakers, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Bukele has called on supporters to converge around the country's parliament after legislators refused to gather to vote on a $109 million loan to better equip the country's security forces. Top commanders of the country's police and military have expressed allegiance to the president during the standoff, while positioning security forces in and around the legislative building. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador standoff deepens over loan for security forces

Feb. 9, 2020 9:53 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele heeded his call to converge on the country's parliament Sunday after lawmakers refused to gather to vote on a $109 million loan to better equip the country’s security forces, sharply increasing tensions...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, Minister of Foreign Affairs for El Salvador speaks during a joint news conference with Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan at the US Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington. El Salvador is not ready to receive asylum seekers from the United States and will not accept them until it can offer them the necessary protections and support, Hill Tinoco said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

El Salvador says it's not ready to receive asylum seekers

Feb. 5, 2020 8:50 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador is not ready to receive asylum seekers from the United States and will not accept them until it can offer them the necessary protections and support, Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill Tinoco said Wednesday. El Salvador is one of three Central American governments...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo police guard next to a graffiti wall with the name of a gang as part of a routine patrol in Lourdes, La Libertad, El Salvador. The Human Rights Watch in the report being released Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, said that at least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the U.S. in recent years were subsequently killed. The new report comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

Feb. 5, 2020 4:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the United States in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a report that comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here. A majority of the deaths documented by Human...

In this July 10, 2019, photo, Juan Carlos Perla carries his youngest son, Joshua Mateo Perla, as the family leaves their home in Tijuana, Mexico, for an asylum hearing in San Diego. They were among the first sent back to Mexico under a Trump administration policy that dramatically reshaped the scene at the U.S.-Mexico border by returning migrants to Mexico to wait out their U.S. asylum process.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

US finds ally in Mexico as asylum policy marks first year

Jan. 30, 2020 1:37 PM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Perla family of El Salvador has slipped into a daily rhythm in Mexico while they wait for the U.S. to decide whether to grant them asylum. A modest home has replaced the tent they lived in at a migrant shelter. Their 7- and 5-year-old boys are in their second year of public...