Laura Carlsen

Exclusive Interview: Ex-President Manuel Zelaya – The Crisis in Honduras

January 2, 2020

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup d’état in 2009, talks to Laura Carlsen about the origins and consequences of the crisis in His country.

Supreme Court's Asylum Ruling is Incomprehensible

Supreme Court’s Asylum Ruling Is Incomprehensible

September 12, 2019

The US Supreme Court temporarily approved President Trump’s new asylum rule, which makes it almost impossible for anyone from Central America to gain asylum in the US. The court’s support puts thousands of lives in grave danger and violates US law and international law.

Refugees Returned to Mexico Face Physical & Psychological Torture in US, Danger in Mexico

Refugees Returned to Mexico Face Physical & Psychological Torture in US, Danger in Mexico

September 1, 2019

Laura Carlsen spoke to asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, who were turned back at the US-Mexico border. They tell about harrowing experiences with US border patrol and the dangers they face in Mexico

Mexico's Dilemma: Tariffs or Impose Trump's Draconian Immigration Policies

Mexico’s Dilemma: Tariffs or Impose Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies

June 28, 2019

The Trump administration is forcing Mexico to impose equally harsh immigration policies as Trump has been imposing on the US, which are actually illegal and endangering the lives of migrants and refugees from Central America, says Laura Carlsen

Climate Change Hits Southern Mexico Hard; Farmers Develop New Ways of Coping

Climate Change Hits Southern Mexico Hard; Farmers Develop New Ways of Coping

May 19, 2019

The town of Yukuyoko, in the Mixteca region of Southern Mexico, is developing innovative ways of confronting drought. Laura Carlsen reports from Yukuyoko for TRNN

Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane"

Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is “Insane”

April 4, 2019

$1.5 billion dollars per day cross the US-Mexico border and closing it, as Trump has proposed (and recently backtracked), would be “cataclysmic,” says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, whom Laura Carlsen interviewed in Mexico

Mexico Update: 100 Days In, Progressive President Riding High in Polls

Mexico Update: 100 Days In, Progressive President Riding High in Polls

March 25, 2019

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador’s approval rating is through the roof—Laura Carlsen reports from Mexico City on what has been achieved and what has not

Expectations Skyhigh for Mexico's Newly Inaugurated President Lopez Obrador

Expectations Skyhigh for Mexico’s Newly Inaugurated President Lopez Obrador

December 3, 2018

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s new center-left president was inaugurated and outlined policies that were more ambitious than what he campaigned on, says Laura Carlsen, of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy in Mexico City

Mexico’s AMLO Gets Massive Mandate to Stand Up to the US

July 2, 2018

As the center-left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins the presidency by an overwhelming margin, Laura Carlsen and Alex Main talk about the election results, what this means for Mexico, and how it will affect U.S.-Mexico relations.

Mexico's Historic 2018 Presidential Election

June 22, 2018
Mexicans head to the polls on Sunday, July 1, to elect a new president for a new six-year term. This is a historic election because it is the first time since the Mexican revolution that a leftist - Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador - is likely to be elected. Here is our election coverage of the past few months