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Government officials say tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border from Central American since 2014. The D.C. region's strong Central American community grew by at least 7,000 children last year and this year, and experts estimate that the metro D.C. region will absorb between 2,000 to 4,000 more, stretching local resources.

Immigration reporter Armando Trull explored the roots of the crisis in his series Voices From El Salvador.


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LISTEN: Gang Power Inside And Outside of Prisons In El Salvador

In his latest update from Central America, WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull discusses navigating dangerous gang-controlled areas, the situation in local prisons and the complexity of El Salvador's problems in general.

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LISTEN: Gang Violence Drives Desperation In El Salvador

Violence has driven thousands of Central American immigrants to cross U.S. borders in recent years. WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull returns to San Salvador to explore the continued violence there and how it might affect Salvadorans in our communities.

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Prince George's Purple Line Deal, And More, With Robert McCartney Of 'The Washington Post'

The columnist discusses transportation news in Maryland, as well as Gov. Larry Hogan's approach to immigration policy, and the machinations around filling a vacant state Supreme Court seat in Virginia.

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Activists Call For Obama To Release Immigrants From Detention Facilities

Outside the White House Monday, activists called on President Obama to obey a recent federal court ruling saying the administration must release 2,600 Central American mothers and their children held in immigration detention facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania.
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Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
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'Big Stories' And Healing At Theater Workshop For Central American Youth

Bethesda's Imagination Stage is running a program aimed at young people who have fled violence in Central America — with the hope that they can vent their emotions after the extraordinary things they have seen on their journey.

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Demographic Change In Montgomery County Brings Cricket Boom

As immigrants make their way to the D.C area, they're not just changing the demographics of the local population — they're bringing the sports they hold dear and looking for new places to play.

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As Capitol Hill Debates 'Sanctuary Cities,' D.C. Comes Under Scrutiny

Under a bill introduced by a Texas Republican this week, D.C. would have to abandon its longstanding policy of limiting cooperation with federal agencies on immigration enforcement.
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Frederick County Debates Whether To Say 'Hasta Luego' To English-Only Policy

English has been the county's official language since 2012, meaning that official documents are not translated into other languages. Opponents say it's really an anti-immigration statement, and they argued that point at a hearing Tuesday night.
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Demonstrators Call For D.C. To Dump Donald Trump

Thursday brought a barrage of criticism against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

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