Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in Arizona's harsh cactus-studded Sonoran Desert near the border with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children at risk.
The case of a 4-year-old girl sparked outrage from advocates working to reunite children with deported parents. It's an example, they said, of efforts that remain chaotic at times, months after a judge ordered the US to reunite families it separated.
Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti was sentenced to 15-1/2 years in prison on Tuesday for fraud, influence peddling and illicit association related to a government contract to clean up a polluted lake, in the first of several cases she faces.
Smugglers trying to cash in on the funneling of Guatemalans across the U.S. border reportedly are falsely claiming that being pregnant or bringing children along will help those who make the journey get citizenship in America.
Imagine an 80-year-old Venezuelan woman wanting a better life for herself and a 15-year-old Guatemalan being able to help. The teen gets excited because her "student" who could easily be her grandmother "gets it."
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