By Nelson Renteria SAN FRANCISCO MENENDEZ, El Salvador (Reuters) - About 2,000 migrants set off on foot from El Salvador's capital on Wednesday, the latest of several groups of Central Americans heading to the United States, even as U.S. President Donald Trump increased pressure to halt their flow. Men and women from the two groups of Salvadorans that departed San Salvador pushed baby strollers or bore children on their shoulders. On Sunday, a separate group of about 300 people set off from the city. Some, such as 42-year-old Luis Geovanni Vindel, a salesman from the central city of Zacatecoluca, moved on quickly, hitching rides alone toward the Guatemalan border. "We're already one step away from Guatemala, and soon into Mexico," said Vindel, limping forward with a cane on a prosthetic leg in the municipality of San Francisco Menendez. A larger U.S.-bound caravan, which left northern Honduras in mid-October is moving north at about 30 miles (48 km) a day through southern Mexico. It … [Read more...] about New migrant caravan departs El Salvador for U.S.
Associated Press Published 9:53 PM EDT Oct 28, 2018 Mexico City – A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit in the Pacific off the coast of El Salvador on Sunday, shaking people in the western portions of the country near the border with Guatemala but causing no damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor occurred about 15 miles under the surface. Its epicenter was 60 miles southwest of the Salvadoran coastal town of Acajutla. Carlos Lopez Mendoza of the Salvadoran Red Cross said officials had checked throughout the affected area without finding any indications of problems. “There are no reports of damages or victims,” he said. Pedro Escamilla, who lives in Santa Tecla, six miles west of the capital, said the quake was not violent. “It was a long, swaying, but gentle earthquake,” he said. … [Read more...] about 6.1 magnitude quake hits in Pacific off coast of El Salvador
Maria Verza, Associated Press Updated 2:48 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, suspected members of the 18th Street gang stand handcuffed in pairs at a police station in Panchimalco, near San Salvador, El Salvador. The gangs trace their origins to street life in cities such as Los Angeles, where many Salvadorans sought refuge during their country’s 1980-1992 civil war. less FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, suspected members of the 18th Street gang stand handcuffed in pairs at a police station in Panchimalco, near San Salvador, El Salvador. The gangs trace their origins to ... more Photo: Manu Brabo, AP FILE - In this May 27, 2015 file photo, relatives of a Mara Salvatrucha gang member retrieve his body from a steep gully after he was shot dead in a confrontation with police, in Olocuilta, El Salvador. Two bodies were found at the bottom of the gully … [Read more...] about In El Salvador, poverty and gangs drive migration
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Oct. 23, 2018 / 7:49 PM GMT By Julia Ainsley and Mariana Atencio WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration makes preparations to combat the 6,500-member Honduran migrant caravan making its way toward the United States, the Department of Homeland Security is also tracking a new caravan taking shape — this time from El Salvador, according to two U.S. officials, a local source on the ground in Central America and an internal U.S. government report obtained by NBC News. The El Salvadoran caravan is still forming, but its members have plans to begin their journey northward toward the U.S. next week, according to the sources. The internal report indicates that DHS is tracking the communications of caravan members, including a 230-member WhatsApp group that intends to leave on Oct. 31. The caravan's movement is likely to trigger fierce … [Read more...] about Another U.S.-bound caravan takes shape, this one from El Salvador
World Donald Trump Immigration President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would begin "cutting off or substantially reducing" the "massive" foreign aid it delivered to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, after the U.S. leader accused the three countries of failing to stop a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the U.S. to claim asylum. "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.," Trump said in a Twitter statement Monday morning. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them," he continued. A Honduran migrant in a caravan to the U.S. carries a baby in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 22. President Donald Trump said his administration would be cutting aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador over their failure to stop a caravan of asylum seekers from making its way to the … [Read more...] about How Much Aid Does U.S. Give to Central America? Trump Says He’s Cutting Funding to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Over Migrant Caravan