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Daily life in some parts of Central America is so fearsome for parents and children that crossing Mexico and risking detention in the U.S. seems less fearsome. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Central American kids come to the US fleeing record-high youth murder rates at home

Central American youth are 10 times more likely to be murdered than children in the US. Child homicides in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are rising even as other violence declines.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will take office as Mexico’s president on Dec. 1, 2018. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Mexico elects a leftist president who welcomes migrants

Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor and career outsider, won Mexico's July 1 presidential election in a landslide. The US-Mexico relationship is about to change.
The Trump administration’s new family separation policy has become a hot issue in Mexico’s presidential election. All four candidates say that Mexico must do more to respect the human rights of Central American migrants. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Mexico’s next president likely to defy Trump on immigration

Mexico elects a new president on July 1. Frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador says Trump's immigration policy is 'arrogant, racist and inhuman' and that he won't do the US's 'dirty work' anymore.
Children protest in Los Angeles outside a court hearing where immigrant-rights advocates asked a judge to order the release of parents separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

I’ve seen the lasting emotional damage to detained children

U.S. President Donald Trump may believe he's contained the political damage of his policy to separate migrant children from their parents. But the psychological damage to children has only just begun.
Immigration proceedings look a lot like criminal trials, with immigrants often brought in handcuffed. Reuters/Reade Levinson

How immigration court works

The attorney general can decide immigration cases because immigration courts are part of the DOJ, not the judiciary. This congested system has 345,000 open cases. Most will likely end in deportation.
Immigrant rights advocates speak against Trump’s policies in New Mexico. AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File

Preventing crimes against humanity in the US

Trump's defense of harsh immigration tactics and dehumanizing language should ring alarm bells, according to two scholars who study how to prevent mass atrocities.

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