2020-05-19: News Headlines

news.un (2020-05-15). Coronavirus lockdowns in Central America, exploited by criminal gangs. news.un.org Chronic violence, insecurity and now COVID-related restrictions have put tens of thousands of Central Americans at risk of increased hardship and even death, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Staff (2020-05-15). "The Wuhan of the Americas": U.S. Deports COVID-19-Positive Immigrants to Haiti & Guatemala. democracynow.org The United States continues to deport thousands during the coronavirus pandemic, causing a dangerous spread of COVID-19 to Central America and the Caribbean. We speak with Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says "U.S. deportations to Haiti during coronavirus pandemic are 'unconscionable,'" and go to Guatemala City for an update from reporter José Alejandro García Escobar.

Staff (2020-05-19). US Is Using Pandemic as an Excuse to Send Asylum Seekers Back Into Harm's Way. truthout.org Fernanda* doesn't know what to do. She fled Honduras with her husband and their toddler last year after death threats from gang members she says work with police officers in the family's neighborhood to extort local businesses and workers. They made it more than 1,500 miles north, hoping to seek asylum in the United States, where Fernanda's husband has an uncle who could provide them housing and support. | "We just want to be safe and work and contribute," Fernanda told Truthout. | The family…