There was another exodus from Central America. It happened in the 1980s, when almost one million Guatemalans and Salvadorans fled to the US to escape civil war. And a group of American activists and religious leaders took big risks to help them stay.
Activist Patricia Samayoa survived civil war and death squads, but was shot while running an errand in Guatemala last week. Her death is another symbol of the violence that has become commonplace and sent thousands of people abroad seeking refuge.
The political narrative in Washington these days has been who's to blame for the crush of migrants crossing the border to the US. But a reporter who went to Central America says it has very little to do with US policies, and much more to do with crime and realities in those countries.
Like their neighbors in Mexico, many Central Americans head to the United States for better opportunities. They come from impoverished towns, some rife with gang violence and high crime rates. But on their journey north, hundreds of these migrants become targets for gangs, organized crime and even police.
A group of rural Guatemalans want justice for what they say are the misdeeds of a Canadian mining company. Fearing they won't get it in their own country, they've traveled to Toronto to try and get it.
Leaf rust is eating away at coffee trees in Central and South America. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work because of it. Now, an unlikely coalition of American coffee chains, coffee shops and bankers are coming to the rescue.
The Dream Act could provide a pathway to legal residency for young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. A conservative community in Ohio is supporting its passage as an 18-year-old awaits deportation. The World's Jason Margolis has more.