Washington Post bureau chief for Mexico and Central America. Former bureau chief in Africa and Afghanistan. Ashamed Floridian. SieffK@washpost.com
This feels like the wrong day to publish a story about a Salvadoran war crimes trial and the withholding of CIA evidence, but here you go, world:
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Either Mexico has fewer coronavirus cases than Indiana, or there's a problem with testing that is leaving millions of people in the dark.
They served in the army, the border patrol and the police. They have official US birth certificates. But the government is denying their passport applications and telling them they aren't American citizens.
This photo. A father deported to El Salvador without his daughter talks to her over the phone. She's calling from a shelter somewhere in the United States. “Papa,” she said. “When are you going to take me out of here?”
Remarkable to watch, in real-time, as the Mexican government proves that it doesn't have the firepower or willingness to take on organized crime. What an incredible glimpse into the failure of the state.