Young migrants from Central America gather every Saturday to play soccer in the Bronx. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series. NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later…

Central American migrants en route to the United States. (Image: Peter Haden, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Undocumented immigrants recently deported by the United States face threats of violence upon their return to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to a new investigation by The Guardian, which highlighted three specific instances of deportees who were shot and killed shortly after returning home. An upcoming academic study, based on an…

Santos and Maduro in 2013. (Image: Government of Venezuela.)

Top Story — The leaders of Colombia and Venezuela met on Monday for the first time since a crisis broke out along their shared border last month, leaving the meeting with a series of agreements aimed at resolving the dispute. Presidents Juan Manuel Santos, of Colombia, and Nicolás Maduro, of Venezuela, agreed to send back…

Haitian migrant workers are transported to the Dominican Republic (Image: Richie Diesterheft, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — A deadline to register with the government expires today for migrant workers in the Dominican Republic — the vast majority of whom are Haitians — leaving hundreds of thousands at risk of deportation. There are an estimated 524,000 migrant workers in the country, but according to the government less than half have…

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Top Story — The U.S. Border Patrol will stop flying deportees back to Mexico from Arizona, according to the Associated Press. The controversial program flew more than 125,000 people since 2004 into the interior of Mexico, after they were caught crossing into the United States illegally. But with border arrests dropping to a 40-year low…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — U.S. immigration officials are recommending that an estimated 14% of nearly 12,000 immigration cases be closed to focus on high-priority deportation cases. Under a new policy by the Obama administration, immigration officials will put an emphasis on deporting undocumented immigrants that have criminal backgrounds or have violated immigration law…

Protesters marched in support of the DREAM Act in Washington in June 2009.

As school starts up again, undocumented students around the country are concentrating on classes, not deportation proceedings. In August, President Barack Obama’s administration pushed the emphasis of deportations away from students, saying the priority should not be people who came here illegally as children. Undocumented students had lobbied for less pressure, staging sit-ins in politicians’…

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers makes an arrest.

Today in Latin America Top Story — Immigration enforcement officials have begun halting some deportations, putting into effect a policy that prioritizes arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes or that present a national security threat. The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing thousands of cases and will likely dismiss those of people…