TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada will admit more refugees and their families this year as part of its effort to tackle a global crisis, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday. He said Canada will take nearly double the number of protected persons, defined as people who have applied for and been granted refugee status after arriving in the country, as well as their immediate families abroad.
The World Bank has rejected a request from El Salvador to help with the implementation of Bitcoin as legal tender. The international lender cited concerns over transparency and the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining. Earlier this month, the Central American country announced plans to become the first nation to formally adopt the digital currency.
The U.S. government has put an end to two Trump administration policies that made it harder for Central American immigrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that immigration judges should no longer follow the Trump-era rules that made it difficult for immigrants who faced domestic or gang violence to win asylum in the United States.
The Biden administration on Tuesday made tens of thousands of Central American immigrants in the U.S. eligible to petition for their children to come to the country legally as part of an effort to discourage youths from journeying to the southern border. Shortly after taking office, President Biden ordered officials to revive the Obama-era Central American Minors program, which originally allowed certain at-risk children in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to come to the U.S. as long as their parents had secured legal status in the country.
Now, the program will go beyond the Obama administration’s eligibility limits to add consideration of children whose parents have pending asylum cases in the U.S., according to a statement from a State Department spokesperson. The statement said the new eligibility requirements will “greatly expand” the program.
A tropical depression has developed off the coast of the Carolinas, as forecasters monitor two additional areas for potential development. Watch Eric Burris' Hurricane Season forecast in the video player above. Sign up for our Newsletters Forecasters predict the area of low pressure in the Bay of Campeche could become a tropical depression late this week as it moves closer to the coast of Mexico and then drifts north.
The young president of small Central American nation El Salvador leapt to worldwide fame this week after his country became the first in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, but Nayib Bukele is no stranger to controversy. Cryptocurrency fans across the globe celebrated when his bill was swiftly approved by lawmakers on Wednesday, and when the 39-year-old leader followed up with a plan to mine energy from volcanoes to power the massive data centers needed to mint the digital currency.
Former Vice President Al Gore reportedly urged President Biden in private to keep climate-focused policies in his expansive infrastructure bill as he struggles to shore up GOP support for the bill. The former vice president also spoke to Biden aide Steve Ricchetti about climate and infrastructure, the Post reports.
Keep heading north: Canada says it could take some of the Central American migrants to help out the U.S.
Immigration minister said Canada could accommodate more refugees Marco Mendicino's comments came as U.S. grapples with a surge at its border Canada has styled itself as a leader in refugee resettlement, even as it turns back asylum-seekers at its own border VP Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico this week to discuss migration
Lawmakers in the Central American country’s Congress voted by a “supermajority” in favor of the Bitcoin Law, receiving 62 out of 84 of the legislature’s vote. The price of bitcoin was up 5 percent to $34,239.17 shortly after the vote. Earlier on Wednesday, President Nayib Bukele sent the law to the country’s Congress for a vote.
The daily crises that lead so many people to decide that the dangerous trek to the border is a safer alternative to staying put will not be easy to solve. This will take patience, bold policy visions, and the support of an American public that sees the human tragedies at hand.
Vice President Kamala Harris has told potential Guatemalan migrants not to come to the United States illegally. Speaking while visiting the Central American country for her first overseas trip since taking office, Ms Harris warned would-be migrants of the dangers of making the journey north to the US.
‘If you come to our border, you will be turned back’, VP says to Central American migrants Kamala Harris offered a stern message to Central American migrants as the vice president works with northern triangle governments to combat root causes of migration to the US. “I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,” she said during a press conference in Guatemala with President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday in Guatemala City.
Vice President Harris on Monday pleaded with migrants from Central American countries to stay home in a speech in Guatemala during her first foreign trip. Harris has the tricky task of reintroducing the United States as a friend and ally to the region while finding ways to reduce migration, which has often been Central America's only social safety valve amid worsening humanitarian conditions.
An atmospheric gyre is a large circular zone of lower air pressure that slowly spins. The Central American system can encompass thousands of square miles and sometimes overlap waters in the western Caribbean, the eastern Pacific and even the southwestern part of the Gulf of Mexico. An uptick in showers and thunderstorms over Central America, southern Mexico and some of the islands in the western Caribbean in general is likely to result from the pattern this weekend and into next week.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of the Caribbean Sea Monday morning where they expect to see a low pressure area with low odds of becoming a tropical depression or storm by the end of the week. The low is forecast to develop Wednesday or Thursday in the southwestern Caribbean near Costa Rica, the NHC said in its 8 p.m. update.
El Salvador may become the first country to make bitcoin legal tender, President Nayid Bukele announced Saturday, saying he would soon propose a bill that could transform the remittance-dependent economy. The move would make the Central American nation the first in the world to formally accept the cryptocurrency as legal money and would “allow the financial inclusion of thousands of people who are outside the legal economy,” Bukele said.