Central America

  • Rescinding DACA Undermines Trump’s Central America Policy

    US President Donald J. Trump’s September 4 decision to rescind a program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people who were illegally brought to the United States to remain in the country undermines his administration’s stance towards Central America.

    While Trump reportedly vacillated until the last hour about whether to end the program that provided protection to these young people—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—immigration hawks ultimately prevailed.

    There is uncertainty about the immediate impact on DACA-eligible children—known as Dreamers—of the decision to unravel the program former US President Barack Obama put in place by executive order in 2012. Trump has effectively deferred to the US Congress to revamp the nation’s immigration laws and protection for DACA recipients over the next six months.

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  • Marczak Quoted by the New Delhi Times on Challenges in the Northern Triangle


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  • Marczak Joins Voice of America to Discuss Approaches to Engagement with Central America


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  • Brizuela de Ávila Joins NPR to Discuss Fighting Central America’s Drug Cartels


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  • To Secure the United States' Southern Border, Look to Central America

    US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly says improvement in conditions will reduce unauthorized migration

    US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has some advice for people thinking of crossing over illegally into the United States: don’t bother coming.

    “The message is, ‘If you get here—if you pay the traffickers you will probably get here—you will be turned around within our laws relatively quickly and returned. It is not worth wasting your money,’” Kelly said at the Atlantic Council on May 4.

    People from Central America’s Northern Triangle—Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala—make up the vast majority of migrants crossing into the United States from Mexico.

    Kelly credited deportations, US government appeals to civil society in Central America, and an improvement in economic opportunities in those countries, in combination with cooperation between the US and Mexican governments, for the reduction by 70 percent in the flow of unauthorized migrants into the United States. It is worth noting that a Pew Research Center study found that over the past few years more Mexicans are actually leaving than coming to the United States.

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  • Instability in Guatemala Has National Security Implications for the United States

    Atlantic Council analysts predict period of uncertainty after President’s surprise resignation

    Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina’s surprise resignation on September 3 in the face of corruption allegations will likely plunge the Central American nation into a period of further political as well as economic uncertainty with direct implications for US national security, said the Atlantic Council’s Jason Marczak.

    Pérez Molina resigned a day after the Guatemalan Congress stripped him of his immunity from prosecution. Hours later he was sent to jail to await the conclusion of hearings into accusations that he had masterminded a scheme to defraud Guatemala’s customs service of millions of dollars. Pérez Molina has denied the allegations.

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  • Marczak on the Alliance for Prosperity

    The Boston Globe quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak on Vice President Joe Biden's aid proposal for Central America:

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  • Schechter and Marczak: US Action Needed to Prevent Regional Energy Crisis

    Adrienne Arsht Center Director Peter Schechter and Deputy Director Jason Marczak cowrite for CNN Global Public Square on what must be done to prevent a regional energy crisis in Central America and the Caribbean: 


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  • A Nicaraguan Canal: Too Many Downfalls

    The Nicaraguan government recently released its plan to build a Nicaraguan canal as an alternative to the Panama Canal. The project is taken on by a Hong Kong-based company, the HKND Group, created solely for this purpose and guaranteed majority ownership of the Canal for the next 50 years. At this point the Nicaraguan government will become the majority owner. This contract comes amid disputes between Nicaragua, Colombia, and Costa Rica over maritime rights, and amid vast economic hardship in Nicaragua.

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  • Marczak: The US Should Extend a Hand to El Salvador’s New President

    Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak writes for Fox News Latino  on why the United States should engage with El Salvador's new president and what opportunities lie ahead for the US-El Salvador relationship:

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