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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: Detentions at the U.S. – Mexico Border

the line

June 22, 2018 – This week, President signed an executive order to end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally, but problems still remain. As a border state, this is a very tangible issue for us here in New Mexico, especially as one of the detention centers in Texas is very close to our state’s border. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at how that proximity impacts the way New Mexicans weigh the issue, and what effect the situation might have on midterm elections.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
Eric Griego, former state senator
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP