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The Washington Post invited LACC Research Director Jose Miguel Cruz to respond to President Trump's focus on MS-13 in support of his administration's immigration position during his first State of the Union address on January 30. Contrary to Trump's claim that MS-13 poses extreme danger to the US, Cruz reminds us of the facts in his article "Trump is wrong about MS-13. And his rhetoric will make it worse".

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Politics & International Relations in Argentina take the lead in LACC's four-week Study Abroad program. Back by popular demand, the high paced program fosters an understanding of Latin American international relations through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region. Save the date: June 25-July 20, 2018.

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Following the Trump Administration's cancellation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians and, likely, Hondurans, on Jan. 8 more than 200,000 Salvadorans, many here for two decades, have also been ordered to leave the U.S. within a year. LACC Research Director and Political Science Professor Jose Miguel Cruz explains on NPR's WBUR Boston the consequences both in U.S. communities and in an unprepared El Salvador. Click on the title above to hear the interview.

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Sixteen days after Hondurans cast ballots for president, the Electoral Tribunal still had not declared a winner in the field of nine candidates —now narrowed to a battle between incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez and challenger Salvador Nasralla. LACC Director Frank Mora and Gordon Institute Policy Analyst Randy Pestana (LACC'13) discuss the challenges faced by the Tribunal following its just-completed second recount, fraud, and what lies ahead under a victory by either. Click the title for video.

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The Council on Library and Information Resources announced its selection of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) to host a postdoctoral fellow in data curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FIU, 2018-2020. The Fellow will work with partner ISPAN (Haitian Institute for the Protection of National Heritage) to increase access to and preserve Haitian information resources, as well as with FIU faculty, LACC and Special Collections/Green Library. Deadline to apply is 12/29, 2017.

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Learning a second language provides you with a competitive advantage, expanded research opportunities and makes you more appealing to global companies. FIU offers Haitian Creole and Portuguese courses this Spring 2018 semester at MMC, BBC and Online. The courses count toward a LACC Undergraduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the LACC Undergraduate Haitian Studies Certificate, and B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. +More info

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"Soy Venezuela" leader Antonio Ledezma addresses Miami's diaspora and FIU students on plans to reignite his country's opposition in an "encuentro" organized by LACC and APEVEX, the Association of Venezuelan Journalists Abroad. Ledezma is the former mayor of Caracas and escaped to Colombia two weeks ago following more than 3 years imprisonment by the Maduro government. At FIU his focus is on uniting a strong opposition and the importance of the diaspora in that effort. Free & Open to Public

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Language learners who have intermediate proficiency in one of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs) above are invited to perfect their language skills and cultural understanding by applying for a Summer 2018 FLAS Fellowship. The Fellowship provides generous funding to support up to 100% participation in a CLASP-approved study abroad program. Click through on the title above for instant information.

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The Green Family Foundation (GFF) and LACC have carved out a special niche at the annual Miami Book Fair as co-sponsors of ReadCaribbean, a full weekend of author events, readings, discussions, storytelling for children, music and more. LACC affiliated faculty members Andrea Queeley, Danielle Clealand and Chantalle Verna. Check out the full program for November 18-19.

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PantherNow on Oct. 26 published an article on University of Florida Professor Dr. Ken Chitwood's six years' research intended to fill the lack of scholarly documentation on the long term existence and influence of Muslims in Latin America and the Caribbean. On Nov. 7, Chitwood situates the story of Islam in the LAC region, as well as situating the LAC region into the narrative on Islam. His overview shares historical and contemporary stories of connections across the hemisphere. 11/7 2pm GL165

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