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El Salvador's Central Bank: Emigration to U.S. Causes Brain-Drain

By Kausha Luna, September 18, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog was updated on 10/23/15 to clarify the description of data contained in the BCR report on family remittances.

The United Nations' new sustainable development agenda presents migration and remittances as a contribution to development. However, El Salvador's Central Bank (BCR) says emigration to the U.S. is a cost, not a benefit, for El Salvador. Read more...

No Illegal Alien Left Behind, Part II

By Kausha Luna, September 14, 2015

The second group of Mexicans to be let back into the U.S. after having agreed to voluntary return to Mexico "under coercion" are expected to arrive on at the border on Tuesday (pending additional cases to be approved by U.S. government). Esmeralda Flores of the American Civil Liberties Union told Univison the three Mexican nationals will first hold a press conference in Tijuana tomorrow. Read more...

Immigration in Mexican President's State of the Union Address

By Kausha Luna, September 3, 2015

On Wednesday Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivered his third state of the union address. (Here is the Spanish transcript and the video. There doesn't appear to be an English translation available.)

Immigration and border issues were not at the forefront, as he has other headaches. But he did touch on them a number of times. Read more...

Mexican Indians Who Can't Get into U.S. Settle for Mexico City

By Kausha Luna, September 2, 2015

"Indigenous Mexicans" – Indians – are migrating to Mexico's capital due to tighter U.S. immigration controls, according to Rosa Icela Rodriguez, Secretary of Rural Development and Equity for Communities in Mexico's Federal District (like our District of Columbia). Read more...

Birthright Citizenship in Two Countries

By Kausha Luna, September 1, 2015

The United States is not the only country dealing with the issue of birthright citizenship. In 2010 The Dominican Republic adopted a new constitution which ended universal birthright citizenship.

In September 2013 a Constitutional Court applied the new standard retroactively to 1930. The court ruling limited Dominican citizenship to those with at least one Dominican parent. As a result thousands of people of Haitian origin born in the Dominican Republic, unable to prove the legal status of at least one parent, were retroactively stripped of their Dominican citizenship. This decision has received considerable criticism. Read more...

UN Rep: Mexico May Become the Final Destination for Central Americans

By Kausha Luna, August 26, 2015

Mexico's southern border is an increasing concern for that country's government as more Central Americans enter the country illegally. A UN official has warned Mexico that it may become the new destination for Central American migrants, rather than merely a stop on the way to the United States. Read more...

Latin American Reaction to Trump's Immigration Proposals

By Kausha Luna, August 23, 2015

Donald Trump's position paper on immigration released last week, as well as his spoken comments about immigration (the two are not necessarily the same), sparked much commentary in Latin American media. Read more...

Hondurans, Listen to the Children!

By Kausha Luna, August 20, 2015

The surge of Central American minors and families immigrating to the United States continues. Nevertheless, this influx is accompanied by a hopeful protest. The Honduran youth has spoken – they do not want to migrate to the United States.

Or, at least, that's the message the government is trying to send.

As part of Honduras's "No Migrant Month", an initiative by the Ministry of Education and the Office of the First Lady, a series of interscholastic debates were held in the cities of San Pedro Sula and Santa Rosa de Copan to discuss the topic of migration. Read more...

No Illegal Alien Left Behind

By Kausha Luna, August 19, 2015

Last year, the Obama administration reached a settlement that allows certain former illegal immigrants to return to the U.S. An agency in Mexico announced a campaign over the weekend to ensure that as many people as possible take advantage of it.

In 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the government of California filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of nine Mexican nationals and three immigrant advocacy groups. The complaint in Lopez-Venegas v Johnson alleged ''that as a matter of regular practice, Border Patrol agents and ICE officers pressure undocumented immigrants to sign what amount to their own expulsion documents,'' formally known as "administrative voluntary departure.'' This is commonly referred to as ''voluntary return" and is an alternative to appearing before a judge and being formally deported. Read more...

Univision's Biased Reporting, Maryland Edition

By Kausha Luna, August 17, 2015

In January, soon after taking office, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan decided to participate in the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Gov. Hogan's move is appropriate but very limited, merely cancelling former Governor Martin O'Malley's policy of non-cooperation with ICE; the state continues to give illegal immigrants in-state tuition and driver licenses, with some restrictions. Read more...

Guatemala's New Migrant Campaign: Don't Do It, But if You Do, Here's a 'How-To'

By Kausha Luna, August 12, 2015

Yesterday, a U.S. Border Patrol delegation from Arizona visited Guatemala to discuss the dangers of illegal immigration and measures to protect migrants. During this visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), presented a new campaign titled "¿Qué pasa, Qué hago?" or "What Happens? What do I do?" The campaign, also supported by the local Catholic bishops' conference, is an initiative to "inform child migrants and their families on the steps to be taken if they are detained at the U.S. border." The campaign consists of comics, videos, and other materials to be distributed in schools, and via radios social media, and national consulates. Read more...

CBP Warns Central Americans Against Immigrating Illegally

By Kausha Luna, August 11, 2015

On Monday U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a media campaign in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The 30-second radio and TV public service announcements are titled "Conozca los hechos" or "Know the Facts". The commercials address the dangers faced by prospective illegal immigrants intending to cross the border into the United States. Watch the Spanish-language ads here. Read more...

Mixed Messages from ICE on Immigration Enforcement

By Kausha Luna, August 6, 2015

Univision, the most-watched network in July, broadcast a report yesterday on ICE's new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP).

The Univision segment (in Spanish) opens with the anchor's introduction to ICE’s new alert to immigrants on the dangers of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the newscaster, ICE’s forewarning resulted from a slight increase in arrests at the border. Read more...

CPAC Cancels Educational Session on Immigration History

By Kausha Luna, March 2, 2015

Last week conservatives gathered outside Washington, D.C., for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In addition to speakers taking the main stage, the convention also included a plethora of break-out sessions. The subjects of these sessions varied greatly, ranging from media training to the interaction of democracy and Islam. Read more...