U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in  DeKalb County, Georgia. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Gulbenk, CC BY-SA 3.0)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the first in a two-part series. NEW YORK — Congregating on benches in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, children and their guardians listen to a young woman who stands in front of them talking in Spanish. The speaker, Marielos Ramos, is not…

Unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexican border. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in an address to the National Defense University on Wednesday that the country will expand the number of Central American refugees it admits into the country with the help of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations. The announcement of the new refugee policy is…

Cuban migrants traveling to the United States by sea. (Image: Duke University Libraries CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Cuban officials have blamed U.S. policy for the recent surge in migration from the island to the United States, which has created a border crisis in Central America. In a statement issued Tuesday, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations said that the Cold War-era “wet-foot, dry foot” policy, which eases the residency process…

Viacrucis participants march through Chahuites, Mexico. (Photo by author)

MEXICO CITY — Ciudad Tecún Umán is sweltering. All of the town’s households and its handful of ramshackle cantinas still use wood-burning stoves, their sweaty attendants braving the compounded afternoon heat. The smoke trails out into the few dusty streets, unpaved, potholed and barely stretching to the edge of the Rio Suchiate, which divides Tecún…