In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, Edwin Salgado sat on a folding chair cracking jokes with fellow U.S. military veterans on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-April. Salgado, 35, had just returned from a Mexican government office where he had helped one of the newest arrivals at this border shelter known as “the Bunker”.
US prosecutors have charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his closest allies with drug trafficking and corruption, cementing the embattled nation’s reputation as a mafia state.
In March of last year, Alba Luz Maldonado Paz left her Honduras town in search of a better life. The 36-year-old woman said she left her country due to a lack of economic opportunities and physical danger. She was terrified, she explains, when members of an international criminal gang, La Mara 18, threatened to kill her.
Bogotá is a portentous and unruly city, a beast of numerous maverick heads slumping in the core of Colombia, serving as the country’s heart, brains—and if the air were less polluted, its lungs, too—thumping arrhythmically to the beat of inequality.
As Donald Trump just celebrated a military style July Forth holiday filled with war tanks and missile launchers, his administration is back to work neglecting safe haven for those most vulnerable and in search of the very freedom and liberty the United States was “once” known for.
The midterm election results reflect a divided America that has lost its moral fabric. With just a couple of races still in the balance the day after a historical midterm election turn-out, there is enough data available to paint a clear picture on where the electorate stands and where we the people, stand as a society.