Transnational gangs like MS-13 are a major driver of violence in El Salvador, but they are far from the only problem.
The U.S. government has ended the protective status of 200,000 Salvadoran migrants. If deported, they would go back to one of the world's deadliest places. How did violence in El Salvador get so bad?
Arrests aside, until the politicians who collude with gangs are stopped, crime in Central America will likely continue unchecked.
Corruption, not gang warfare, is the root cause of the record violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Until public officials stop shielding criminal groups like MS-13, lawlessness will reign.
Undocumented migrants are among those helping to rebuild the hardest-hit areas of Oaxaca state, where federal aid has been slow to trickle down.
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A brigade of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala have interrupted their trek north to stay in Mexico and support earthquake recovery efforts.
‘I’m not inviting you to abort, I’m inviting you to decide.’ Can democracy exist if women aren’t recognized as people with full human rights?
Seventy-five percent of all abortions in Latin America are illicit. In Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, where abortion is totally illegal, the bans correlate with a generalized failure of the rule of law.
Growing up with the threat of earthquakes, you learn how people can come together in the aftermath.
Clampdown: gang members arrested in El Salvador in 2016.
Young people in El Salvador are finding themselves caught up in the war between the gangs and the state.
The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew interdicts a group of Haitian migrants July 11, 2017, approximately 22 miles south of Great Inagua, Bahamas.
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The mass movement of people across the world is nothing new, but migration today is so global and so unrelenting that it may well be the great humanitarian issue of our time.
President Donald Trump.
Ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect, as these examples from Central and South America show.
A Salvadoran man believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang as he is arrested.
AP Photo/Josh Reynolds
Trump's plans to crack down on immigration could create the same conditions that led to MS-13's birth and expansion.
A Salvadoran family who fled to the U.S. when armed men killed the father.
AP Photo/LM Otero
Despite Trump’s rhetoric, Mexicans are no longer crossing the border in massive numbers. Data show a new group of migrants is arriving, and for very different reasons.
Workers wash freshly harvested bananas on a banana plantation near Parrita, Costa Rica.
AP Photo/Kent Gilbert
While Costa Ricans pride their country for being an oasis of stability in Latin America, the nation has struggled with restrictive laws and social attitudes toward immigrants from Nicaragua.
A poignant protest of an avoidable tragedy.
Who is responsible when 43 girls burn to death in a state-run children's home?
Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in New York, March 2, 2014.
AP Photo/John Minchillo
Americans are shocked Russia meddled in our election. But there are centuries of precedent – and, at times, it’s been the US meddling.
A Mexican who was recently deported from the U.S. in Tijuana, Mexico.
From Chinese laborers to 'bad hombres,' the US settler mentality has perpetuated an immigration system that pushes out unwanted groups and bypasses the Constitution.
Protests after death of a 36-year-old woman in custody at immigration detention facility in Arizona.
AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File
A short history of legal challenges to immigrant detention practices in the U.S. may shed light on what's to come for the new administration.
A man flies a kite at the Peace Park in San José, Costa Rica.
Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters
Environmental sustainability has a role in increasing national well-being.
President-elect Trump has been oustpoken on his plans for Mexico, but what policies await the ailing Central America region?
A Costa Rican scholar does his best to predict what the coming years might hold for troubled Central America, about which Trump has uttered nary a syllable.
About 200 convicted illegal immigrants serving their sentences before being deported, in Phoenix.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File
In his first year of office, Trump's immigration policy will likely focus not on building an expensive wall, but rather on the work that earned Obama the nickname 'Deporter in Chief.'
Residents take part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Gravata, Pernambuco state, Brazil, May 31, 2016.
Being Brazilian in the US means navigating an identity that doesn't neatly fit into a single check-box, and can be perceived in vastly different ways depending on what part of the country you're in.
Mexico often detains Central Americans before they reach the US border, including children, like Kendri Hernandez, 3 (L) and Andri Yovani, 2.
Beyond the challenges posed by President-elect Trump, Mexico has its own issues with border security, 3,000 kilometres to the south.