Tag: border

Amid crackdowns on mass migration, Central Americans organize to curb violence

Nearly half a million migrants have been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in 2016, while hundreds of thousand of others have been detained and deported en route through Mexico. Within this number is a record-breaking number of Central Americans seeking asylum in what Amnesty International called “the world’s least visible refugee crises.” Many of these asylum seekers have escaped communities torn apart by violence, the drug trade and poverty, but human rights groups report that an alarming number of them are subject to serious danger en route to the border.

Tensions Rise Between Bolivia and Chile after U.S. Military Carries Out Exercises on the Border

Evo Morales Takes to Twitter to Accuse US and Chile of Carrying Out Military Operations.

President of Bolivia Evo Morales used his Twitter account this week to denounce the “joint military maneuvers between Chile and the USA” bordering his country.

The conflict and tension between the two countries has increased this year, mostly originating from Bolivia’s claim to a passage to the sea.

Morales has claimed Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca received poor treatment when he visited Chilean ports and the Silala River.

Jordan/United States: Transfer 70,000 Trapped Syrians

Appalling Conditions, Little Food in Barren Border Area

The United States should help Jordan transfer an estimated 70,000 Syrians stuck in appalling conditions at its northeastern border to a safe location, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President Barack Obama that was released today. The United States should also step up its efforts to resettle Syrians who are living in Jordan and other neighboring countries.
“It is critically important to help Jordan find a solution to move these highly vulnerable people to a safe place where they can be screened for security concerns and protection needs,” said Bill Frelick, refugee rights director at Human Rights Watch. “We are urging President Obama not only to help Jordan increase its capacity to provide asylum, but also to step up efforts to resettle the refugees in the US and to encourage other countries to do the same.”