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Central America: Central geographic region of the Americas
Central America is a region found in the southern tip of North America and is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas. This region is bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The combined population of Central America is estimated to be between 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

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A Not-Just-Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday: A look at festivities in MacArthur Park, a Central American enclave. Also: President Trump’s visit, and Bay Area hip-hop.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. seeking to make Cubans seek asylum in Honduras: minister

Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said on Tuesday that negotiations with the United States could make Cuban migrants passing through the Central American country seek refuge there.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Central America

U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal [Video]U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal

The U.S. and El Salvador have reached a joint deal on immigration without giving many additional details beyond those related to asylum claims. Nathan Frandino has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

Immigration Advocates Protest Against US Supreme Court Ruling [Video]Immigration Advocates Protest Against US Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to deny asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s asylum rule requires immigrants seeking asylum to first ask a third country they travel..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Mexican Foreign Minister Notes Decrease In Immigration Through Mexico To The US [Video]Mexican Foreign Minister Notes Decrease In Immigration Through Mexico To The US

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said there has been a “significant decrease” in U.S.- bound immigration. He said people from Central America are not going through Mexico as much and he expects the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Victims of 'La Bestia' learn to walk again [Video]Victims of 'La Bestia' learn to walk again

Roni Osorio, a Honduran migrant, has learned to walk again after his left leg was ground off by “La Bestia,” or The Death Train, so named for the risks posed by traveling on it. Yahaira Jacquez..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:42Published

U.S. moves to detain migrant children indefinitely [Video]U.S. moves to detain migrant children indefinitely

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced plans to withdraw from a court settlement limiting the government's ability to detain immigrant children beyond 20 days, saying it would..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:08Published

Honduras Has Yet To Receive 'Safe Third Country' Proposal From The US [Video]Honduras Has Yet To Receive 'Safe Third Country' Proposal From The US

The Honduran foreign minister said they will analyze any U.S. plan to have them become a “safe third country.” According to Reuters, he said they have not received an official proposal to help..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Pelosi questions Trump's Guatemala deal [Video]Pelosi questions Trump's Guatemala deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes U.S. treatment of migrants during a visit to Guatemala, and raised doubts about whether the Central American country could cope with a migration deal agreed with..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Upward lightning on Guatemala mountain captured in striking video [Video]Upward lightning on Guatemala mountain captured in striking video

Upward lightning shooting from the top of a mountain has been captured on camera by an amateur photographer. Alyssa Barrundia, a missionary living in Guatemala, captured the spectacle at Volcan de Agua..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Tired of waiting, migrants return home [Video]Tired of waiting, migrants return home

Dozens of U.S. asylum-seekers boared a bus on Tuesday to be taken back to their home countries after being sent to Mexico under a Trump administration program. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Guatemala's president faces backlash at immigration deal with US [Video]Guatemala's president faces backlash at immigration deal with US

The agreement forces Central American migrants to apply for asylum in Guatemala instead of the US.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published

 

OAS peace mission to Nicaragua says denied entry by Ortega government

A commission from the Organization of American States seeking to help broker an end to a political crisis in Nicaragua said on Sunday the government of President Daniel Ortega had barred its entry into..
Reuters - Published

United Nations to aid El Salvador anti-corruption body

The United Nations said on Thursday it will send a delegation to El Salvador within days as a first step toward supporting a newly unveiled national commission to combat corruption in the Central..
Reuters - Published

What the Supreme Court asylum ruling means for migrants

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold a Trump administration policy restricting many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. has sparked outrage among Democrats on Capitol Hill and..
CBS News - Published

Supreme Court Backs New Trump Asylum Restrictions

The policy requires many Central American migrants to seek and be denied asylum in another country before applying in the United States.
NYTimes.com - Published

Mexico sees decrease in U.S.-bound immigration from Central America

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on Tuesday that there has been a "significant decrease" in U.S.-bound immigration through Mexico, especially from Central..
Reuters - Published

Mexican foreign minister cites sharp decrease in immigration to U.S.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on Tuesday that there has been a "significant decrease" in U.S.-bound immigration through Mexico, especially from Central America, and..
Reuters - Published

Mexico says will focus on arms smuggling at U.S. meeting on migrant flows

Mexico said it would press the United States to halt arms smuggling across its border with Mexico at a pivotal meeting in Washington on Tuesday called to review progress in efforts to curb a recent..
Reuters - Published

U.S. credits Mexico, Central America for sharp drop in border arrests

The Trump administration on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to cut U.S. border arrests by nearly 60% from a record high earlier this year but then lashed out at a..
Reuters - Published

Federal court reinstates nationwide injunction on Trump administration's asylum ban

The policy, which had been published in mid-July, would have banned most Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the United States.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump administration weighs another cut to refugee cap for 2020

The Trump administration is considering further cuts to the annual cap on refugees as it diverts caseworkers to handle asylum claims from Central American families at the southern U.S. border, a senior..
Reuters - Published

Salvadoran prosecutors take aim, again, at woman in abortion case

The attorney general's office of El Salvador announced on Friday it will appeal last month's acquittal of a young woman accused of killing her stillborn son, marking what would be her third trial in..
Reuters - Published

Mexico expects relief on U.S. tariff threat as migrant flows drop

Mexico does not expect the United States to threaten to put tariffs on its goods when it holds talks next week with U.S. officials about its efforts to curb migration from Central America, Foreign..
Reuters - Published

Mexico prepares for migration meeting as U.S. deal expires

Mexico is preparing to set out the steps it has taken to curb illegal immigration under a deal struck with U.S. President Donald Trump in June to cut the number of Central American migrants traveling..
Reuters - Published

'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries,..
Reuters - Published

U.S. urges Colombia and Central America to help stem migration

The U.S. government on Thursday called on Central American and Colombian authorities to help curb illegal immigration to the United States, widening the net of countries the Trump administration has..
Reuters - Published

Salvadoran woman acquitted in abortion case calls for reform

Evelyn Hernandez has a message for El Salvador's president: End the criminalization of abortion in the conservative Central American country.
Reuters - Published

Thousands of Central American migrants take free rides home courtesy of U.S. government

More than 2,000 Central American migrants seeking to settle in the United States have given up and accepted free rides home under a 10-month-old program funded by the U.S. government and run by a..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Guatemala election winner hopes to change Trump migrant deal

The winner of Guatemala's presidential election, Alejandro Giammattei, said on Sunday he hoped he could make changes to a controversial migration deal the Central American country signed with the Trump..
Reuters - Published

Honduras to analyze any U.S. safe third country migration plan

Honduras will analyze any U.S. plan to have the Central American country act as a so-called safe third country to help contain migration north, but it has yet to receive any official proposal, the..
Reuters - Published

Honduras has not received U.S. proposal for safe third country migration deal - official

Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said on Saturday that the Central American country had not received an official proposal from the United States to act as a safe third country after..
Reuters - Published

Pelosi skeptical about Trump migration plan for El Salvador

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised concern about El Salvador's ability to cope with a tough migration deal being pursued by the Trump Administration as she led a U.S...
Reuters - Published

In Guatemala, Pelosi says migrant treatment 'shameful', worries about Trump deal

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. treatment of migrants during a visit to Guatemala, and raised doubts about whether the Central American country could cope with a migration..
Reuters - Published

House Speaker Pelosi in Central America as Trump seeks asylum deals

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation to Central America on Thursday as the Trump administration presses countries there to stop U.S.-bound asylum seekers..
Reuters - Published

Unpopularity contest to decide Guatemalan presidential election

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei could make it fourth time lucky in Guatemala's presidential runoff on Sunday if misgivings about his opponent among urban voters outweigh her support in the Central..
Reuters - Published

Mexican prosecutors investigate police shooting of Central American migrant

Mexican authorities are investigating the death of a Central American father shot by police in the northern city of Saltillo, state prosecutors said Thursday.
Reuters - Published

In anti-abortion El Salvador, woman faces second homicide trial after baby stillborn

Salvadoran maid Evelyn Hernandez says she did not realize she was pregnant when as an 18-year-old she delivered a stillborn son after a three-day stomach ache. A court in the Central American country,..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala's shortcomings raise doubts about U.S. migration deal

Guatemala's refugee agency meets only sporadically and operates on a bare-bones basis, adding to doubts about how the crime-wracked, impoverished Central American country will cope with a surge in..
Reuters - Published

Costa Rica and Panama bust migrant-smuggling ring, arrest dozens

Costa Rican and Panamanian officials on Tuesday morning arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants through Central America and toward the United..
Reuters - Published

Mexican president says Mexico could not commit to safe third-country agreement: Bloomberg

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday Mexico had not and could not commit to a safe third-country agreement like the one Guatemala signed with the United States to stop a flow of..
Reuters - Published

Guatemalan presidential candidates question U.S. migration deal

The two contenders to be Guatemala's next president questioned on Saturday the validity of a deal struck by the country's government with the United States that aims to curb the flow of migrants north..
Reuters - Published

After Trump threat, Guatemala signs immigration asylum deal

The United States and Guatemala signed a so-called safe third country immigration asylum agreement on Friday just days after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the Central..
Reuters - Published

Judge blocks Trump's near-total asylum ban

The rule effectively barred most migrants from Central America and other countries from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border
CBS News - Published

Trump says Mexico may put more troops at the border with U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who is trying to stem the flow of mostly Central American migrants seeking to enter the United States from Mexico, said on Wednesday that Mexico may put more troops at the..
Reuters - Published

Judge allows Trump's restrictive asylum ban to continue

The rule effectively bars most migrants from Central America and other countries from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border
CBS News - Published

'Guatemala has not been good': Trump threatens tariffs, fees on migrant cash

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is considering a "ban," tariffs and remittance fees after Guatemala decided not to ink a safe third country agreement that would have required the poor Central..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala blames opponents after Trump tariff threat

Guatemala's Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel on Tuesday blamed unnamed "national actors" for damaging relations with the United States and said they would be responsible if U.S. President Donald Trump..
Reuters - Published

Trump says he's considering options after Guatemala halts 'safe third country' designation

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is now considering a "ban," tariffs and remittance fees after Guatemala decided to not move forward with a safe third country agreement that would have required the..
Reuters - Published

More Than 2,000 Migrants Were Targeted in Raids. 35 Were Arrested.

President Trump had touted the raids as a show of force in response to an influx of Central American parents and children across the southwestern border.
NYTimes.com - Published

Ahead of U.S. deadline, Mexico minister has fulfilled migration enforcement pledge

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday that Mexico has followed through on its commitment to the United States to reduce migration from Central America, as a deadline in a bilateral..
Reuters - Published

Mexico minister says country has fulfilled pledge to U.S. to reduce migration

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday that Mexico has followed through on its commitment to reduce migration from Central America, as agreed to in a deal with the United States.
Reuters - Published

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