Analysis & Commentary

Is the Prospect of Immigration Reform Doubling the Rate of Migrant Border Crossings?

Is the prospect of immigration reform doubling the rate of migrant border crossings? Senior Associate Maureen Meyer sets the record straight in the latest Border Fact Check.

Five Misconceptions about Border Security

In light of the ongoing debate on immigration reform, Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer debunk five common myths about security and migration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Letter to Colombian President on the Security Situation of Rep. Iván Cepeda

NGO letter expresses concern, requests protection
In a letter to the Colombian president, WOLA and other NGOs ask the government to provide security for Rep. Cepeda and his staff following news of a threat to his life.

WOLA mourns the passing of Stephen Coats, director of US LEAP

Stephen Coats, director of the US/Guatemala Labor Education Project (US LEAP), collaborated with WOLA staff over the years and will be greatly missed by colleagues here and throughout Latin America.

Are Citizens Who Leave Water in the Desert Encouraging Migrants or Meeting a Humanitarian Need?

A University of Arizona study finds that migrants’ need for water while crossing the Arizona desert is desperate; the remains of 463 migrants were found on the U.S. side of the Arizona-Mexico border in 2012 alone.

Does Deporting Migrants Far From Where They Were Apprehended Deter Them From Trying To Cross Again?

The ATEP program deports tens of thousands of migrants each year to Mexican border cities hundreds or thousands of miles from where they were apprehended. Adam Isacson examines whether such "lateral transfers" succeed in detering migrants from attempting to cross again.

Three Harbingers of Change in U.S. Cuba Policy

Rep. Castor’s Announcement, Yoani Sánchez’ Visit, and the State Department’s Terrorist List Review
There are signs that change is coming. Here are three recent developments that are indicative of where the U.S.-Cuba relationship is headed

Colombia Peace Process Update (March 27, 2013)

A progress report on the dialogues
A progress report on the dialogues taking place in Havana between Colombia's government and the FARC guerrillas. Main issues: finishing the land and rural development agenda item, moderate optimism about the timetable, support from the U.S. and neighboring governments.