Tag Archives: Central America

History of Civil Wars in Central America Impact Current Migrant Crisis

1301 El Salvador Civil War

July 5, 2019 – The migrant crisis facing New Mexico and the nation has a number of causes and origins. One of them is a history of devastating civil wars in Central America throughout the 1980s. Todd Greentree knows all about that history, serving as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador during the Reagan administration. He also served in Angola and other conflict zones, and currently serves as a Brigade Political Advisor in Afghanistan. Greentree is author of the book “Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America.” He sat down recently with NMiF Correspondent Russell Contreras to talk about that turbulent history and what it means for solving the current migrant crisis.



Todd Greentree, National Security Advisor and Former Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador

For Further Reading:

Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America

New Push for Justice after 4 Dutch Journalists Slain in 1982, Daily Herald 

America’s Role in El Salvador’s Deterioration, The Atlantic

The Line: Immigrants Seeking Asylum Entering from Mexico

Gene Grant

April 19, 2019 – Federal agents have been taking many of the migrants flooding through the El Paso border crossing, putting them on a bus and sending them to Las Cruces. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the influx of people seeking asylum and the call for health officials to help at the New Mexico/Mexico border.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
City in New Mexico Authorizes Spending on Asylum Seekers – Associated Press
ABQ organizations help asylum seekers – by Katy Barnitz, Albuquerque Journal
Trump Says He May Send ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Into ‘Sanctuary Cities Only’ – Associated Press