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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on illegal migration: In short, it’s a crisis

July 24th, 2014
04:16 PM ET

By Henry Hullah

Juan Orlando Hernandez is a relatively new leader of his nation - his tenure began just six months ago - but already he is facing a problem that has received huge international attention: the exodus of civilians emigrating from Central America to the U.S.

Amanpour asked the President how migration became a crisis in his country.

"This problem got out of proportion from a year ago and this has surprised us. The causes are multiple. One of them is the violence caused by drug trafficking, poverty, of course, the lack of opportunities. But, for us, this is an enormous challenge."

Hernandez is set to speak to U.S. President Barack Obama about the immigration crisis this week. Amanpour asked what he would say:

"The crime that comes from drugs, the violence, the lack of security that comes from Central America has a cost for the United States, it's not a benefit," President Hernandez said. "In short, it's a crisis for Central America and it's a crisis for the U.S., so let's work together to solve it."


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Honduras • Immigration • Latest Episode

Humanitarian crisis … in America?

July 17th, 2014
06:36 AM ET

By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN

All around the world tonight, children will not sleep in their own beds.

It's a troubling reality of the devastating humanitarian crises affecting places like Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Congo.

But it's also happening somewhere you may not expect: the United States.

A surge of unaccompanied children are now sitting in detention centers and shelters near the U.S.-Mexico border; the American government has apprehended nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border since October.

On the frontlines of that crisis is Bishop Daniel Flores.

“I think it's impossible for most people in the United States to imagine both the conditions that they're coming from in their country in terms of just the fear of a violent death, or the conditions that they experienced as they passed through the interior of Mexico, where there's a great deal of preying upon these youth,” Flores told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Immigration • Latest Episode • U.S. Politics

Stemming migrant tragedy at sea

June 18th, 2014
09:13 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As Italy warns that it may stop rescuing migrants trying to cross it borders over the Mediterranean, an advocate on the front lines says its time for Europe to step up and help save these desperate people.

“More and more people are leaving out of desperation, and far too many are dying along the migratory route,” William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour.

“We're in a period of unprecedented human mobility and unprecedented multiple complex humanitarian emergencies from Libya to Syria to South Sudan to Central African Republic, Somalia and then all the natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippines.”


Filed under:  Immigration • Latest Episode

Tiny island nation says Mediterranean is becoming a ‘cemetery’ of immigrants

October 24th, 2013
02:37 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

“We are building a cemetery within our Mediterranean Sea.”

That’s the stark warning from the prime minister of the tiny island nation of Malta, Joseph Muscat, whose country is a key transit point in the perilous journey for immigrants from North Africa to Europe.

“Europe is not taking decisive action to help us front-liners – ourselves, Italy, Greece – save more lives,” Muscat told CNN’s Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour.

Two weeks ago, 350 people died off the Italian island of Lampedusa, another major transit point.

And now Malta, which sits in between Lampedusa and Sicily, has become a destination for those fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war.


Filed under:  Immigration • Latest Episode

Raped on the job in America's fields

June 26th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

The hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women working in America's farming industry is exposed in a joint investigation by FRONTLINE, Univision News, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. In the video above CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to one of the filmmakers and to Dr. Emily Hartzog, who spent more than a decade providing medical care to undocumented immigrants and penned the book "Primary Care, A Doctor's Life North and South of the Border."

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Immigration • Latest Episode