📰 Asylum Cooperative Agreements:
Guatemalan government is finalizing a deal
to expand its asylum agreement with the U.S. to begin accepting Mexican migrants. // The U.S. is preparing to send asylum seekers to Honduras
, even if they are not from the country.
📰 Asylum Seekers:
Honduran asylum seeker who gave birth at a hospital said Border Patrol threatened to separate her
from her newborn girl, according to her attorneys. // ICE refuses to reunite
a Guatemalan asylum seeker with her niece, the only family they each have after their family was murdered. // Lawyers say U.S. border agents are systematically writing the same wrong address
on the migrants’ papers.
Asylum seekers have been protesting at
immigration detention centers around the country for months, advocating for their release. // Volunteers and researchers have been collecting thousands of letters
from people in immigration detention centers to show people the conditions inside.
📰 Migrant Smuggling:
Despite the crackdown on migrants traveling through Mexico, the migrant smuggling business in Mexico has adapted and thrives
: 18 people were killed
during a brawl on Friday afternoon inside the Tela prison. The prison’s director was suspended from his post
. // On Tuesday, Honduras declared a state of emergency
in its prison system, suspending civilian leaders and replacing them with a special commission led by military officers.
: Honduran Congressman Oscar Najera was sanctioned
by the U.S. Department of State for involvement in “significant” corruption related to the Honduran drug trafficking organization Los Cachiros. The Congressman has close ties to
President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Honduras will receive aid from the European Union (EU)
for food assistance, as the drought and the loss of crops has caused a serious food crisis in Central America.
📰Exports to China and Israel
: According to figures from the Panamanian Association of Exporters (Apex), the shipment of beef
to China showed a historical increase of 34.8% as of October 2019. // The free trade agreement with Israel will enter into force
on January 1, 2020.
📰 Human Development:
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), placed Panama in the 67th position, as a country with a “high” Human Development Index (HDI), according to its latest Global Human Development Report 2019. The UNDP report reveals that Panama is advancing,
surpassing Costa Rica, which occupies the 68th place and Colombia 79th, in relation to human development.
Representatives of the public and private sectors of Panama agreed on the need for incentives to attract investments that foster the development of the recycling industry in the country
📰 International Relations:
President Nayib Bukele announced new economic agreement between El Salvador and Qatar
, in which Qatar will support the construction of a new airport, provide work visa opportunities, and invest in education. // The first group of 50 Salvadorans granted temporary work visas
by the United States government have flown from El Salvador to Mississippi to work within the agricultural industry.
: The International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador, CICIES, will not independently investigate
corruption cases, but will provide technical support and assistance to the Attorney General’s Office, as clarified by an internal representative for the entity.
The Armed Forces will deploy 13 thousand soldiers
and conduct aerial patrols during the Christmas holidays to “guarantee security and tranquility.”
In 2019, El Salvador’s transportation sector paid $18 million to gangs
in extortion fees.
A Canadian university is partnering with Belizean institutions to improve education
about climate change and other environmental threats.
📰 Refugees and Exiles:
Refugees in Costa Rica will enjoy medical insurance for one year
, thanks to the efforts of the Government of Costa Rica and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. // Nicaraguan journalist Lucia Pineda Ubau is included in the list of people of the year
of Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion.
📰 War Crimes:
Guatemalan War Criminal, Francisco Cuxum Alvarado was sentenced to time served
for illegally re-entering the United States in 2004 in a Boston federal court. Alvarado will be turned over to the U.S. Marshal’s Office and likely deported.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office found no misconduct or irregularities
by border officials for the deaths of Jakelin Caal and Felipe Gomez in December 2018.
📰 U.S Relations:
Families were sent to Guatemala
under controversial asylum agreement as Trump welcomed Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to the White House.
📰 Human rights:
President Carlos Alvarado announced at the Global Refugee forum that with the support of the UN Refugee Agency (ACNUR), Costa Rica will offer medical insurance
for all asylum seekers and their families for one year.
There are 44 power stations in Costa Rica: Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, ICE, secures charging points
for electric vehicles.
📰 Costa Rican Band:
The Municipal Band of Zarcero will represent Costa Rica
, performing during the 131st edition of the Rose Parade in Pasadena California at 8 a.m. on January 1st, 2020.