El Salvador

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

    Deputy Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Jason Marczak writes an op-ed for Fox News Latino urging US engagement with El Salvador's new administration:

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  • Marczak: US Should Reinforce Its Commitment To El Salvador

    Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Director Jason Marczak writes for FOX News Latino on how the United States can support El Salvador's new government:

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