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Trump official says asylum changes will drive down backlog

Sep. 13, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and...

Immigration tale 'El Norte' returning to theaters for 1 day

Sep. 12, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — "El Norte," the seminal film about a brother and sister who flee violence in Guatemala to seek a new life in the United States, is returning to the big screen for one day this month to commemorate its 35th anniversary. As the flood of Guatemalans and other Central Americans endure the...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 6, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Fires continued to burn across Brazil's Amazon region as well as in the Chiquitania Forest of Bolivia. In Guatemala, former first lady and...

Guatemala declares state of emergency after soldiers killed

Sep. 4, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of Guatemala has declared a state of emergency that temporarily suspends some rights in parts of the country's north after suspected drug traffickers killed three members of a military patrol. The state of emergency will be applied in various townships in the provinces of...

Some migrant parents deported without kids can return to US

Sep. 4, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the U.S. government Wednesday to allow the return of 11 parents who were deported without their children during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that government agents unlawfully prevented...

Guatemala bids goodbye to UN anti-graft body as it wraps up

Sep. 3, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala said goodbye Tuesday to a U.N. commission that has helped investigate and prosecute hundreds of corrupt politicians, public officials and businesspeople over the last 12 years. The commission, known as CICIG for its initials in Spanish, ceased its operations after President...

Guatemala arrests ex-1st lady, presidential runner-up Torres

Sep. 2, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan first lady and presidential runner-up Sandra Torres was arrested Monday on charges of campaign finance violations, the latest high-profile political figure to face allegations of malfeasance even as a U.N. anti-graft commission is set to shut down. Investigators...

As UN body wraps up in Guatemala, fears for anti-graft fight

Sep. 2, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — For over a decade, the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala brought the Central American nation hope that corruption could be fought. Now, as the end of its mandate nears, many fear a setback in the fight against impunity. The U.N. commission known as...

Guatemalan authorities arrest ex-first lady, losing presidential candidate Sandra Torres on campaign violation charges

Sep. 2, 2019 11:12 AM EDT
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities arrest ex-first lady, losing presidential candidate Sandra Torres on campaign violation charges.

In a small town, thrill of football replaced by fear of ICE

Sep. 2, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Football has always been considered a safe haven in this tiny farming community, an island of pure Americana for families trying to make it in America. After each week's work in the fields is done — an effort that helps produce a significant chunk of the nation's produce...