Stephanie Leutert

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A family approaching the United States port of entry at Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to apply for asylum. Credi tJoe Raedle/Getty Images

Every day, the same scene plays out in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. Mixed into the flow of students, commuters and travelers are asylum-seeking families, arriving at their final destination, the entrance to the United States port of entry.

The families drop the required 4 pesos into the turnstile to begin their walk up the international bridge that arches over the Rio Grande and connects this part of Mexico to the United States. Yet when they reach the halfway point, demarcated by orange cones, Customs and Border Protection officers are waiting to turn them away from seeking safety in the United States — a right granted to them under American and international law.…  Seguir leyendo »

Volunteers serve coffee to members of an immigrant caravan — mostly from Honduras — as they prepare to cross the Guatemalan border into Mexico on Oct. 19. (John Moore/GETTY IMAGES)

In August, rows of corn plants dotted the rural landscape in the Honduran department of Lempira. From afar, nothing looked amiss in these small farms. Yet it hadn’t rained for the previous 40 days, and the corn cobs tucked inside the husks were small and kernel-less. Across Honduras, an unpredictable climate has made this situation increasingly common. Droughts have wrecked crops, and changing weather patterns have created additional challenges for millions of Honduran farmers. To survive amid the bad harvests, rural families are looking elsewhere to supplement their incomes: to different sectors, nearby cities and north to the United States.

A caravan with thousands of migrants has been making its way through Mexico after setting out three weeks ago from Honduras, which holds the distinction of being one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change.…  Seguir leyendo »

Migrantes centroamericanos esperando en las vías, con la esperanza de subirse a un tren de carga que se dirija hacia el norte a través de México, en junio. Credit Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

En junio, Josué, un hondureño de 21 años, llegó a una casa de seguridad en la ciudad fronteriza mexicana de Reynosa, en Tamaulipas. Estaba ahí con once migrantes centroamericanos más. Su familia había pasado el año anterior reuniendo los 3800 dólares indispensables para el último tramo de su viaje a Estados Unidos.

Sin embargo, la casa de seguridad no era tan segura. A tan solo kilómetros de la frontera, su trayecto fue interrumpido cuando unos hombres armados entraron al inmueble, secuestraron a los migrantes y exigieron 1800 dólares más para liberarlos. Si sus familias no podían reunir el dinero, les advirtieron, entonces los matarían.…  Seguir leyendo »