All Content: Mexico

Latest Border Stats Suggest Higher Family, Child Migration in 2015 than Official Projections

Numbers are down, but record arrivals continue. And Mexico’s crackdown is cause for concern
Analysis & Commentary
While migration has slowed somewhat since the 2014 peak, the latest border statistics suggest more unaccompanied minors will be apprehended in the United States this year  than authorities are projecting.

New Figures Show Sharp Increase in Deportations from Mexico

News
Mexico deported 3,289 minors in January and February of this year, a 105 percent increase from January and February of 2014, when the government deported 1,605 children.

Mexican Government Releases New Figures Showing Sharp Increase in Deportations

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico deported 3,289 minors in January and February of this year, a 105 percent increase from January and February of 2014, when the government deported 1,605 children.

Six Months after Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico, Citizens and International Community Still Seek Justice

Mexican Government Must Support Work of International Experts
News
Six months after 43 students were forcibly disappeared in Mexico, international human rights organizations express concern that many questions remain unanswered.

Mexico’s Southern Border Plan: More Deportations and Widespread Human Rights Violations

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico’s Southern Border Plan was announced in July 2014 and has coincided with a sharp increase in deportations from Mexico.

New U.S. Program Fails to Protect Detained Mexican Migrant Kids

WOLA is concerned that authorities aren't doing all they can to protect kids questioned about criminal networks
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA has raised concerns over a new Border Patrol program that holds Mexican migrant children for months without charge, often using them as informants against cartels and smuggling organizations. When sent back, these kids are not properly protected from violent retribution.

Group of Technical Experts Arrive in Mexico to Investigate Case of Disappeared Students

Experts' Recommendations Could Lead to Broader Changes in the Country
Analysis & Commentary
On March 1, 2015, the Group of Experts traveled to Mexico to begin its work. The Group is tasked with reviewing and investigating the case of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, but its work could have broader implications for changing how Mexico handles other cases of disappearances.

Human Rights Organizations Welcome the Start of the Interdisciplinary Group of Experts for the Ayotzinapa Case

International Group of Qualified Experts Looks into Mexico's Investigation of the Missing Students
News
The Group’s first visit to Mexico will begin on March 1 and it is anticipated that civil society organizations will be able to present their concerns, statements, and testimonies directly to the Group.

On the Front Lines: Border Security, Migration, and Humanitarian Concerns in South Texas

New WOLA Report on the South Texas Border
Publication
The report explores the shift in migration to Texas's Rio Grande Valley and its implications for migrants and border security officials. WOLA offers recommendations for authorities to respond more effectively to the reality on the ground.

U.S. Failing to Respond to Shifting Migration Patterns, Urgent Humanitarian Need at the Border

New WOLA Report on Texas's Rio Grande Valley
Publication
With Congress debating a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, the issue of border security is in the spotlight. But while some in Washington quarrel over a nebulous “crisis” at the border, a lesser-known—but in many ways more grim—situation is playing out in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley region.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

Analysis & Commentary
In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

Latest Border Stats Point to Heavy Child, Family Migration in 2015

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacson takes a look at the latest official figures from Border Patrol, which suggest that while the numbers have fallen since 2014, 2015 is still on track to see a major wave of child and family migration from Mexico and Central America.

The Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

New WOLA and PBI Report
News
While recognizing the importance of the Mechanism and the valuable work its staff carries out, this report identifies several areas for improvement, drawing on a series of case studies to illustrate these weaknesses.

Mexico: it's Too Early to Close the Ayotzinapa Case

The Mexican Government’s Actions Undermine the Rule of Law
Analysis & Commentary
While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto clearly wants to put the Ayotzinapa case behind him, there are far too many unanswered questions to declare the investigation over.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

UNGASS in 2016 will offer the highest-level debate on drug policy in recent history
Analysis & Commentary
In April 2016, the United Nations will convene a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) specifically related to drugs. Click here to learn more about what WOLA is hoping the historic event will achieve, and what we're doing to make our goals a reality.

Too Early to Close the Ayotzinapa Case:

The Mexican Government’s Actions Undermine The Rule of Law
News
WOLA believes it is premature and alarming that federal authorities have announced the end of the investigation into the disappearance of student teachers.

Fact Check: is Total 'Operational Control' at the Border a Realistic Goal?

Analysis & Commentary
House Republicans have presented a new border bill that would punish political appointees for not obtaining the impossible: “operational control” of the border in five years, a standard that would be expensive, disruptive, and ultimately unworkable.

Forgotten on 'La Frontera': Mexican Children Fleeing Violence Are Rarely Heard

Analysis & Commentary
This investigative report highlights the stories of Mexican child migrants who flee to the U.S. and their treatment by U.S. and Mexican authorities. WOLA finds that the U.S. law to protect vulnerable Mexican children often fails in practice, and Mexican authorities are not doing enough to adequately protect these at-risk youths.

How the U.S. and Mexican Governments Can Better Protect Unaccompanied Mexican Children Fleeing Violence

Analysis & Commentary
The current system to screen and protect Mexican children fleeing violence often fails in practice. WOLA outlines recommendations to improve screening procedures and better protect vulnerable children.

Video and Report: Mexican Migrant Children Forgotten at the Border

Video
Last year, the issue of Central American children fleeing violence made headlines in the United States. But unlike unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, Mexican children rarely get an opportunity to tell their story before an immigration judge.