October 21, 2014 |
Seated at the defense table in U.S. Immigration Court in Philadelphia, the 10-year-old looked down at his feet, which barely reached the floor. Coal-eyed, he resembled a Latino Dennis the Menace, with a "fauxhawk" instead of a cowlick and clad in a shirt that read: Last name: Maker. First name: Trouble. Having entered the U.S. illegally eight months ago, the boy, Carlos, was arrested on the Texas border, given a notice to appear in court to face deportation, and sent to live with his mother in Kensington while his case plays out. As with other juveniles in this article, The Inquirer agreed to use only his first name.
October 4, 2014
ISSUE | ISIS ET AL Try containment Trudy Rubin, not surprisingly, has it just right regarding how to deal with the Islamic State, and more broadly the entire issue of violent destabilization, by suggesting that the long-term solution is not military ("Can Obama achieve his objectives in battle with ISIS?" Sept. 28). Limiting terrorism so effectively that it becomes of little concern requires creating an environment in which people are less desperate. As the rich get richer and the poor poorer, as the haves have more and the have-nots have even less, as the free abuse their liberty and the exploited see decreasing opportunity, the only direction in which the world will go is toward horrific environments.
September 29, 2014 |
MACUELIZO, Honduras - "My dad died. I don't know my mother," said Gilberto Perdomo, 22, as he slalomed a white minivan around potholes on a rutted dirt road. Nicknamed "Chango," Spanish slang for monkey , Perdomo is among the oldest orphans at Amigos de Jesus, a children's home created here by a Catholic priest, a dedicated lay couple, and with faith-driven support - all from greater Philadelphia. The Christian cross atop the hill at the Honduran home's 42-acre campus is a Villanova University creation.
September 13, 2014 |
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Shot twice in the face by two men on bicycles as he changed a car tire, Omar Gabaretta, 34, died Sunday and was brought to the morgue in this steamy city, which has the world's highest homicide rate. On Monday, his cousin Claudia, 28 and pregnant, went there in a red pickup with a simple, black-painted coffin to claim his body. Distraught and not eager to talk, she said she did not know why her cousin, a machinist, was killed. He was the first in his family to die violently, she said, and he now is part of a familiar story.
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.
June 28, 2014 |
A Bucks County native and his crewmates from a shipwreck-salvage team, jailed in Honduras since May, were released Thursday, his lawyer and a local representative said. The release of the crew ended an ordeal that kept their families on edge and attracted the attention of federal lawmakers. Devon Butler, 27, of Doylestown, was arrested May 5 when a ship carrying him and five others arrived in the coastal town of Puerto Lempira, according to reports. Honduran authorities arrested all six on smuggling allegations after finding guns aboard the ship, and their detention was upheld during two hearings over 10 days.
June 27, 2014 |
The man charged with raping a woman in her Rittenhouse Square apartment last weekend was caught illegally entering the country from Mexico last year, according to customs officials. No criminal charges were filed against Milton Mateo Garcia at the time, records show. Garcia, whom federal authorities identified as Milton Garcia-Vazquez, is from Honduras and was deported in June 2013, said Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It is unclear when Garcia returned to the United States, but until this week he had worked in the kitchens of three local restaurants for several months.
June 19, 2014 |
Long, grueling months of World Cup planning and preparation paid off big for the Germans this week. For the soccer team, sure. It thrashed Portugal. But on a local level, too - for the Brauhaus Schmitz restaurant on South Street. Before the doors opened Monday, the venue's owners devised and implemented a special flat-fee admission plan. Work schedules were checked and rechecked, advertising booked and delivered. Staffers hung extra big-screen TVs and decorated the restaurant in Deutschland banners of black, red, and gold.
May 25, 2014 |
JURGEN KLINSMANN was not hired as manager of the U.S. senior men's soccer team to necessarily adhere to the status quo. Shaking things up was almost a mandate for the German-born coach, who won a World Cup as a player and managed Germany to a third-place finish in another. So while, Klinsmann made the shocking move to leave the U.S. all-time leading scorer and most recognizable name off the team that will travel to Brazil next month for the 2014 World Cup, it was not unpredictable.
May 1, 2014 |
For Sara Navarro, being undocumented used to feel a lot like being hunted. That changed in 2012, with the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which gave temporary protection to certain immigrants who were brought here illegally by their parents before age 16. "It definitely feels different," said Navarro, of North Philadelphia, who was 11 when she emigrated from Honduras. "Now, we don't have to watch our backs. We can live with our parents, and they can't deport us. " But it was a bittersweet victory.