June 20, 2016
Answer: El Salvador. It's the smallest - but also the most densely populated - country in Central America. It also holds the dubious distinction of being the most violent country in the world, with a murder rate in 2015 of 115 per 100,000 people.
June 4, 2016 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After all the hype, controversy and anticipation, the Copa América Centenario is finally here. But with just hours left until Friday's opening kickoff, one of the biggest questions about the tournament hasn't been answered. Just how big a deal is it, really? It's not the World Cup. It's not a traditional Copa América, the championship tournament for South American national teams. While that event usually has a few guest teams, this one has six from North and Central America and the Caribbean, and they're on equal footing.
February 4, 2016 |
THIS COLUMN is a limited tip of the hat to Congressman Brendan Boyle. Boyle represents Northeast Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. He was on my show last week voicing his opposition to bringing the "unaccompanied minors" to Northeast Philadelphia. These kids from Central America and Mexico were brought to our borders by coyotes or others and are in various spots in our country waiting for their legal status to be decided. Boyle confirmed to me that the Obama administration has briefed him on the fact that the Naval Support Activity complex in the city's Lawndale section would house those minors.
January 11, 2016 |
A drive by federal agents to round up and deport Central Americans who entered the U.S. illegally after 2014 and have exhausted their asylum appeals is rattling immigrant communities nationwide. Representatives from Juntos, the Latino advocacy group with offices in South Philadelphia and Norristown, say they have been fielding "countless phone calls and Facebook messages" from people in "absolute fear" of the new effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "They can't keep going after these families who are coming here as refugees," Juntos executive director Erika Almiron said Friday.
August 2, 2015 |
On Lansdowne Avenue, next to two benches and a bus stop, stands a new historical marker, blue with gold letters, 10 feet tall. "Looks nice," said Robyn Young, 61, the woman responsible, seeing it for the first time this week. "Taller than I thought it would be. " She pushed on the pole, kicked at the fresh dirt. "It's in there nice and firm. " Dedicated to archaeologist Tatiana Proskouriakoff, who "published a paper that revolutionized the world's understanding of Mayan hieroglyphs," the marker culminates years of effort by Young.
October 10, 2014 |
"KILL THE Messenger" tells the story of newsman Gary Webb, who reported on links between CIA meddling in Central America and crack sales in California. Webb (richly portrayed by Jeremy Renner) was a journalist at the San Jose Mercury News , where, in the late 1990s, he was tipped to testimony from a protected government informant with information on CIA activity in Central America. Webb investigated, and found the agency's counterinsurgency activity in Nicaragua to have allies among groups who raised money via the drug trade (information previously uncovered by a Senate Intelligence Committee)
July 26, 2014 |
His mother sells empanadas from their home in Honduras. He shines shoes - $5 a day. Add to their woes the constant threats: Join or be killed by deadly gangs. Now, gap-toothed Kevin, 14, is atop a speeding Mexican train called "the Beast," aiming to cross the U.S. border illegally, to face new uncertainties amid the "big towers" and "great cities" he sees on TV. Officials say tens of thousands of children like him are fleeing Central America, primarily Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
July 22, 2014
THE SHINING SUN didn't produce much illumination as the New Sanctuary Movement and Juntos, both illegal-immigrant enablers, hijacked a protest in front of the Mexican Consulate at 11 a.m. Friday. By noon, Juntos and New Sanctuary (and the press) were gone, leaving several dozen members of the Independence Hall Tea Party to protest in front of the Bourse, where the consulate is located, above the food court filled with visitors from many lands. The visitors from many lands are here legally, I believe.
July 17, 2014 |
THREE YEARS AGO, Jose Antonio Vargas was a 30-year-old with the kind of career that most young journalists only dream of - a share of a Pulitzer Prize with the Washington Post , a coveted byline in the New Yorker - when he decided to risk everything on the truth. The former Daily News intern confessed in a magazine article that he's been in the United States as an undocumented immigrant - brought here without papers from the Philippines at age 12 - and then announced he was leaving journalism to fight as an activist for the rights of some 12 million people who share his plight.
July 15, 2014
THE PUSH and pull of Washington politics too often comes across as zero-sum nonsense, alienating Americans who want to care. That's how it must look to much of the country, and especially to residents of Texas, who are struggling with an immigration crisis of mounting proportions. It places into stark relief such silly ploys as Speaker John Boehner's vow to rally the House to pass legislation allowing it to sue President Obama to force him to "follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.