: After Hurricane Laura, detained migrants at Louisiana detention centers report unlivable conditions
after the hurricane’s devastation.
ICE & Border Patrol
: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted a mass operation
to arrest 2,000 migrants between July and August. // Migrant justice organizations and organizers pressured ICE’s Citizen Academy to postpone opening
the civilian immigration enforcement. // Documents reveal that Border Patrol did not test any detainees
for COVID-19 this past spring as coronavirus spread in immigrant detentions. // Border Patrol produced a dramatized video
that shows a Spanish-speaking immigrant killing a white American, drawing criticism that the agency is spreading fear of migrants.
Repatriation During COVID-19
: A repatriated Belizean spoke
about their experience returning to Belize through the international airport.
Costa Rican Ex-President Laura Chinchilla
announced that she will withdraw her candidacy for the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) because COVID-19 measures do not allow for debates and because the U.S. presented a candidate when, according to her, is against the rules (this claim is not supported
by the IDB rules, however).
On Saturday, the government of Costa Rica requested financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for $1.75 billion
to help offset the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning on October 1st, dozens of digital platforms such as Netflix, Spotify, Uber, and AirBnB will be subjected to a 13% value added tax
(VAT) in Costa Rica, which will increase the price of these services.
Salvadoran authorities arrested 33 members of MS13
for their alleged role in the disappearances of 25 people who went missing between 2016 and 2019. Attorney general Raúl Melara says 28 accomplices are also being apprehended.
A survey led by Plan International El Salvador shows that working hours for Salvadoran women has increased during the pandemic
. The survey also validates a hypothesis that gendered violence is more prevalent during the quarantine.
A civil court denied the suspension
of a corruption case against former president of the Legislative Assembly Sigfrido Reyes. Reyes, an ex-combatant with the left-wing FMLN during the civil war, is accused of using public funds for personal gain.
Attacks Against Journalists:
Four female journalists from Nomada denounced that for nine months they were virtually attacked
for their journalistic reporting, especially on issues of justice, corruption, and sexual harassment. According to the Public Ministry and the Association of Journalists of Guatemala, there have been 43 attacks against journalists from January to June of this year.
More than 10,000 Guatemalans have been deported
from the United States and Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic, many without the option to appeal their cases or go through the immigration process.
Specialists say that the government is not conducting enough tests
to accurately determine the phase of the pandemic. While there has been a reduction of cases
in urban centers, other areas in the country continue to have an increase in cases, with the likelihood of a second outbreak given the gradual re-opening of the economy.
: Protests took place in Tegucigalpa demanding the State
clarify the disappearances of 5 Garifuna men from Triunfo de la Cruz nearly 50 days ago.
Community organizations urged the State to sign and ratify the Escazú Agreement,
considered the most important regional pact on justice in environmental matters in Latin America.
: In two weeks, primary elections will be convened
in Honduras. The new Electoral Law
will be discussed this week, but there has been no consensus on electoral reforms yet, causing uncertainty given the post-electoral crisis in the 2017 elections.
: The Mayor’s Office of Managua imposed
“exorbitant” and “illegal
” fines worth millions of cordobas to more than 200 companies in order to increase local tax collection and/or criminally pursue heads of companies. Some of these companies had been previously shut down
by Ortega’s government. At the same time, the mayor’s secretary gave “simplified contracts” to other 55 companies worth 48 million dollars.
US Migration Policies
: Seven members of the U.S. Congress asked President Trump to stop deporting Nicaraguan asylum seekers
. The deportations occur despite reports that several deportees were victims of imprisonment and torture by Ortega’s regime. // Presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted his support
for Nicaraguan asylum seekers.
: Nicaraguan Army sold its shares it had in Banco de Finanzas
for $19 million dollars. Analysts presume that it’s because businesspeople are afraid of being linked to Ortega’s armed forces and negative image abroad.
Panama is participating in a global clinical study
for COVID-19 vaccines and collaborating with the German group CureVac. Panama will begin this study with 250 participants in voluntary studies across the country.
: Public Defender Eduardo Leblanc González investigates a case about a female couple
who was arrested and fined for “disrespecting the police guard” when they kissed inside their car. In a press release, Leblanc González announced that “this type of action cannot continue to take place in the country.“
Martinelli Brothers Extradited
: After being in jail for two months in Guatemala, two sons of former Panamanian president
Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal
will be extradited to the United States. The brothers face charges of money laundering and bribery that could result in forty to fifty years of prison.