The Trump administration is removing temporary protected status for El Salvador, a program that has permitted the Velasco family to live and work in the US since 2001. That puts them — and 200,000 other like them — at a tough crossroads.
President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall has outraged and stuck fear across Mexico. Now the anti-immigrant rhetoric of one municipal president in the Mexican state of Oaxaca has drawn comparisons to the US president. They call him El Trump Oaxaqueño — the Oaxacan Trump.
El Salvador has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the hemisphere. And advocates hope that El Salvador's recommendation that women hold off getting pregnant until 2018 will spur a conversation about the country's laws around reproduction in general.
Most Central American migrants who cross with their children are not given asylum and the right to stay legally in the US. This mother says the consequence of the judge’s decision isn’t just documents, though. It’s life or death.
This year, an increasing number of Central American attempted to enter the US illegally. Now, as many are deported back home, there are concerns that due process was not served while they were held in detention facilities in the United States.
José has already tried to escape from El Salvador to the US this summer — twice. But he's failed each time, and now he's dodging gang violence at home while trying to make yet another attempt to leave.