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Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisis

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The humanitarian crisis is so high-profile that 250 people crammed into the Wilson Center’s sixth-floor auditorium and two overflow rooms to attend Thursday’s program, which was moderated by Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition; another 170 watched the conference online.

“I can recall no time since the Central American wars of the 1980s when so much U.S. media attention has been paid to this region,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the think tank’s Latin American program, in introducing the three foreign ministers.

Expert: To stop immigration flood, US must help Central Americ

"PHOENIX -- If the United States wants to reduce the amount of Central American illegal immigrants pouring over the border, it needs to exercise its influence in the region, an expert said.

"We need to be much smarter about how we help governments," Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, Making Sense of the Madness.

Arnson said a variety of factors resulted in the recent surge in immigrants coming to America.

“Guerra contra las drogas”: la de ellos bien, la de nosotros mal

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'Dangerous Passage: Central America In Crisis And the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors': Cynthia J. Arnson Testifies Before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to discuss crisis in Central America and what's driving the exodus of unaccompanied minors.

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Senate Dirksen 419
Presiding: Senator Menendez

'Challenges at the Border: Examining and Addressing the Root Causes Behind the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border': Eric Olson Testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on examining and addressing the root causes behind the rise in apprehensions at the southern border.

To watch the webcast go here. Olson's testimony is available for download below.

Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education

Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.  Their use of spatial cluster analysis of municipal level homicides provides and unique window into the role of geography, population pressures, poverty and education can play in depressing violence.  Their finding also suggest some important policy innovations that could contribute to reducing future homicides.

Latin American Program in the News: Call them 'refugees,' according to U.N. law

"According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras is ranked No. 1 in the world for homicides and El Salvador and Guatemala are not too far behind. Not even African nations come as close to the murder rates that our neighbors to the south are suffering right now.

Latin American Program in the News: Free-market solution to America's immigration dilemma

"El Salvador needs people to rebuild the economy and provide education and job opportunities to keep people from joining gangs.  According to the Central Bank of El Salvador it received $3.6 billion in remittances last year.

"As important as the remittances are to subsidize consumption it is not the same as creating productive capacity," Arnson said.

Yet this productive capacity can be created if President Obama and members of Congress work together to implement four simultaneous initiatives."

Latin American Program in the News: Marketplace Morning Report

While Panama's economy is strong, the new Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, faces a number of challenges. 

"There has been a phenomenal construction boom along the waterfront, large office buildings [...]"

To hear the full report, please click here

Latin American Program in the News: Child Migrants

Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program is interviewed on CSPAN about the growing unaccompanied minor immigration crisis.  The interview is in three parts and can be accessed via the links below.

"52,000 young people, minors, have shown up at the border since October of last year, with maybe as many as 60,000 coming before the end of the year.  

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