Latest Guatemala News

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...

Trump closes doors to immigrants, some US citizens open them

Sep. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As news of immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border filled headlines last summer, Vivien Tartter became distraught. So the 67-year-old psychology professor took action: She opened the doors of her Manhattan apartment to a Guatemalan family of three who had been...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Guatemalan gets 3½ more years after crash killed Colts LB

Sep. 17, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Guatemalan man convicted of drunken driving in a crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver has been sentenced to an additional 42 months in prison for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday...

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...