As unaccompanied minors have again crossed the southwest border in growing numbers in recent months, experts have agreed that the root causes of the surge lie in Central American violence and poverty that is driving people north.
Wismith Moricette and Anelle Germinal are two faces of the Clintons' increasingly complicated relationship with Haiti, where their high-profile development efforts after a devastating earthquake in 2010 have produced both success and disillusionment.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden caught the attention of Central America watchers after publishing an op-ed in The New York Times on Jan. 29, announcing that President Barack Obama would ask Congress for $1 billion in aid to the isthmus. The three troubled countries known as the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – were prominently featured in the article, but Nicaragua and Costa Rica were not listed among the would-be recipients.
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1 billion next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbors, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.