FROM Eric Olson
After 54 Years, the United States Opens Its Embassy in Havana For the first time since 1961, the Stars and Stripes are flying over the US embassy in Havana. Secretary of State John Kerry praised President Obama and President Castro for making “a courageous decision to stop being the prisoners of history and to focus on the opportunities of today and tomorrow.” Eric Olson is associated director for the Latin American program at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.
The Deterrence Dilemma The Obama Administration claims that "immigrant family detention" stopped last year's surge of people fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. But newly established detention centers are called "gilded cages," and a federal judge has ruled that they're "inhumane." Last Friday, Judge Dolly Gee ordered 1700 women and children released from detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania until immigration courts settle their claims for asylum. What are the options? Will Congress consider a billion dollar proposal to improve conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala?
The Tragedy of Immigrant Children — Travelling Alone President Obama boasts that illegal crossings of the Mexican border are the lowest in 40 years. But for kids, it's another story. The number of apprehensions expected this year is 60,000, ten times more than three years ago. They're running from extortion, rape and murder at home in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala--with more of the same in store as they travel northward through Mexico. We hear what happens when they arrive in this country -- as the humanitarian crisis continues — almost invisibly.
Obama Meets Mexico's President Calderon The presidents of Mexico and the United States met in Washington today to try to improve relations the two countries, which have suffered over the release of US diplomatic cables critical of Mexico's handling of its drug war and last month's murder of an American law enforcement officer on a busy Mexican highway. At a joint press conference , President Obama pledged to stand with President Calderón in that country's bloody drug war. Eric Olson is a senior associate at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.