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Advocates: Honduran mother, children deported to Guatemala

Advocates: Honduran mother, children deported to GuatemalaA Honduran mother and her two children who had been hospitalized have been deported to Guatemala under a Trump administration policy of sending some people seeking asylum in the U.S. to third countries, advocates for the mother said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez did not rule on their request prior to Tuesday, the day the government had said it intended to remove the mother and her two children, ages 1 and 6, under a plan to send families to different countries so they can seek asylum elsewhere. The 1-year-old was diagnosed with the flu, while the 6-year-old had diarrhea and a fever, according to Dr. Amy Cohen, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group Every Last One.



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US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to GuatemalaThe U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family’s advocates. The family’s advocates accuse the U.S. of disregarding the health of the children, ages 1 and 6, to push forward a plan currently being challenged in court to send planeloads of families to different countries so that they can seek asylum elsewhere. Both children have been hospitalized in recent days in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.



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Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through Guatemala

Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through GuatemalaMore than 1,000 Honduran migrants broke through a police barrier on the border with Guatemala on Thursday in a bid to join hundreds of others heading for the United States. The latest Central American migrant caravan formed despite increased attempts by President Donald Trump to keep them out of the US. Last year the US signed a deal with Guatemala that obliges migrants traveling through it and seeking asylum in the US to first request protection in the Central American nation.



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Film documents Honduran family’s struggle to find asylum in U.S.

Film documents Honduran family’s struggle to find asylum in U.S.In "Towards the North," viewers get an intimate look into the daily battles of asylum seekers from Central America through the eyes of Nelly and her daughter, Joseline.



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Honduran woman accuses immigration agent of sexual assault over seven years

Honduran woman accuses immigration agent of sexual assault over seven yearsIn a $ 10m lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she says the officer threatened her with deportationA Honduran woman has sued the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency over sexual assault she says occurred over a period of seven years. Photograph: Bryan Cox/Associated PressA Honduran woman living in Connecticut has accused a US immigration agent of sexually assaulting her over a period of seven years under the threat of deportation, according to a federal lawsuit. The woman, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, sued the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), and the former Ice agent Wilfredo Rodriguez on Saturday, seeking $ 10m in damages.“My only comment is that my client had a choice: cooperate with Ice or be deported with her family,” said George Kramer, the woman’s lawyer. “She remains in a very fragile psychological state. She is not only seeking compensation for the physical and emotional damage she suffered but to change the way those who are cooperating with Ice are treated by those in a position of power and who often wield total control over the ability to remain in the United States.”An Ice spokesman told the Associated Press he couldn’t comment on litigation but confirmed Rodriguez no longer works for the agency. Homeland security didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.It was not immediately clear whether Rodriguez had a lawyer to speak for him, and a phone listing for him could not immediately be found, according to the AP.Tom Carson, a spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Connecticut, told the AP he could not comment on whether there has been or will be a criminal investigation.The woman first met the Ice agent in 2006 after her brother was arrested for entering the US illegally, according to the lawsuit.Rodriguez found out she was also living in the country illegally and said that to avoid deportation she would have to become an informant by helping Ice locate criminals. According to the lawsuit she did so, but, in 2007, Rodriguez sexually assaulted her in a motel.He called himself the “wolf” and said he was the reason she and her family weren’t deported, she says in the lawsuit.The woman alleges that the assaults continued and resulted in three pregnancies, each followed by abortions, one of which Rodriguez paid for. Later, he told her that he was leaving the agency but that if she told anyone what happened, “she and her family would pay”, according to the lawsuit.The woman finally told her story last year when her father, living in the US and fearing deportation because of her friendliness with Ice, applied for asylum. She opened up to an agent who approached her about her father’s application, the lawsuit says.The agent, she says, suggested she consult an attorney.



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Witness: 'El Chapo' gave $1M to Honduran president's brother

Witness: 'El Chapo' gave $  1M to Honduran president's brotherA Honduran former mayor and drug trafficker testified Monday that Mexican kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán gave $ 1 million to the brother of Honduras’ president in 2013 for the politician’s presidential campaign. Testifying in the Manhattan drug trial of Tony Hernández, brother of President Juan Orlando Hernández, Amilcar Alexander Ardón’s alleged that $ 1 million in bundles of $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 was put on the table during a meeting in the municipality of El Paraiso, where he was mayor, and delivered there to Tony Hernández. Juan Orlando has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.



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US prosecutor says Honduran president took fortune in drug bribes

US prosecutor says Honduran president took fortune in drug bribesHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez took millions of dollars in bribes from drug lords including jailed Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a US prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of his brother’s trial. The president’s brother, Juan Antonio Hernandez — a former Honduran congressman also known as Tony — was arrested at a Miami airport in November 2018 for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, weapons offenses and making false statements. “The defendant was protected by the current president, who has received millions of dollars in bribes from drug traffickers like ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who personally delivered one million dollars to the defendant for his brother,” prosecutor Jason Richman said.



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After U.S. court ruling, Honduran newlyweds among migrants clinging to asylum dream

After U.S. court ruling, Honduran newlyweds among migrants clinging to asylum dreamLed by a dream of marrying on U.S. soil, a young Honduran couple traveled thousands of miles from their home in the port city of La Ceiba, narrowly escaping a kidnapping in Mexico before seeking asylum across the border in Texas. First, U.S. authorities sent them back to wait for months in a violent region of Mexico for their asylum hearings. Then a ruling on Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court threatened to scupper their plans — and those of thousands of other Central American migrants who have traveled through Mexico in pursuit of their own dreams in the United States.



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US sued over Honduran man's suicide after family separation

US sued over Honduran man's suicide after family separationA new lawsuit blames the Trump administration’s family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas’ Starr County, which operated the local jail where he died. The Texas Civil Rights Project, which announced the lawsuit Monday, said it was the first known lawsuit that linked a person’s suicide to the zero-tolerance policy enacted last spring and ended amid worldwide condemnation.



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Mexico president orders probe into shooting of Honduran migrant

Mexico president orders probe into shooting of Honduran migrantMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday instructed officials to investigate the killing of a Honduran migrant in the northern city of Saltillo to determine the role of officials in his death. The man, who was in Mexico with his eight-year-old daughter, was shot and killed at a train station on Wednesday by a member of a state police unit, Coahuila state officials said. Mexico’s government is trying to tighten its borders under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican goods entering the United States if Mexico does not halt a surge in migrants from Central America.



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