In an interview published Monday, December 21, 2020, senior incoming Biden Administration officials Jake Sullivan and Ambassador Susan Rice outlined a new policy approach regarding the flow of refugees and migrants from Central America. As Ambassador Rice characterized it, the Biden administration has “a transformative vision for addressing migration in our region and establishing a… Continue »

The Trump administration created a moral catastrophe and a huge mess at the U.S.-Mexico border and in the region south of the border. This has come at a terrible cost — to refugees, to their families in America, and to the kind of nation we tell ourselves and the world we are. In stark contrast,… Continue »

“TPS was created by Congress 30 years ago to address precisely this type of situation.” A new report from the Center for American Progress calls for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to be extended to Central American countries recently devastated by Hurricanes Eta and Iota. The report explains that extending TPS to nationals from these countries… Continue »

Hurricanes Cost Upwards of $10 billion in Damages The aftermath of hurricanes Eta and Iota continue to cause mounting devastation in Central America, specifically in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Reuters reports that the natural disasters have cost more than $10 billion in damages. Separately, Aon’s monthly Global Catastrophe report, highlighted by the Insurance Journal, says… Continue »

NPR: Even Disaster Veterans Are Stunned By What’s Happening In Honduras  In a new piece for NPR, Jason Beaubien details the devastation wrought in recent weeks by Hurricanes Eta and Iota.  In Guatemala and Honduras, the back-to-back storms have displaced hundreds of thousands and the toll on agriculture, schools, and infrastructure has prompted those governments… Continue »

asylum refugees

Originally published April 4, 2018; last updated February 10, 2020 For the last several decades, our asylum laws have helped America remain a beacon for refugees and peoples in need from all over the world. However, the Trump Administration has worked tirelessly to close all options for obtaining asylum in the U.S., leaving refugees mired… Continue »

In November 2017, then-United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, gave a blunt report about his visit to Guatemala, a country that he described as amazing and diverse, but where also exists, he said, two realities. As if he had done an x-ray scan of a good part, if not all, of… Continue »

Trump wants to exploit this issue, not solve it. As President Trump stokes fears and tries to whip up a frenzy over border security, immigration and a caravan of Central Americans seeking safety and opportunity, here is our take: Trump wants to exploit this issue, not solve it. Trump’s frenzy over the issue is ugly,… Continue »

Eugene Robinson’s latest column in the Washington Post is entitled “The immigrant ‘caravan’ is a test. Trump wants us to fail.” He puts the current caravan of Central Americans in historical context and calls on America to avoid the injustices of the past and live up to our ideals as a leader in the post-World War II… Continue »

In an op-ed for Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, political scientist Jesse Acevedo examines potential impacts on El Salvador of the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans currently protected under the program. The piece in its entirety can be accessed here, and follows below: Last month, the Trump administration announced that it will end Temporary… Continue »