All Content: Migration

The Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis Must Be Resolved Respecting Human Rights

Analysis & Commentary
To address their border dispute, Venezuela and Colombia need to sit down and figure out how to resolve their issues without xenophobia or hostile rhetoric, in a responsible manner that targets the real problems.

Is the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S. Border Still Ongoing?

Massive Migration Will Continue Until Root Causes Are Addressed
Analysis & Commentary
In the July 1 issue of the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, WOLA Senior Associate for Citizen Security Adriana Beltrán asked if the humanitarian crisis that began along the border in 2014 had ended. According to her, however, it is still raging.

Watch: How Can We End 'Prison-Like' Migrant Detention Conditions?

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How can we improve the way we treat migrant children and families? WOLA Senior Associate Maureen Meyer speaks with Maria Teresa Kumar of MSNBC's "Changing America" on the conditions in U.S. migrant detention centers today.

Mexico Now Detains More Central American Migrants than the United States

Mexico Takes on the United States' Role as Immigration Enforcer, Raising Humanitarian Concerns
News
New data analysis shows that the so-called 2014 ‘surge’ of unaccompanied minor migrants hasn’t really ended.

Violent Raid Against Migrants and Advocates in State of Tabasco, Mexico

WOLA and LAWG Send Letter to Secretary of the Interior
Analysis & Commentary
Concern about increasing raids and other measures aimed at reducing the flow of migrants.

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 U.S. this year  than authorities are projecting.

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.

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.

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.

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

Analysis & Commentary
In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.

Obama's $1 Billion Central America Request: Great News, Now to Invest Wisely

Smart Investments Must Effectively Target Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
Analysis & Commentary
President Barack Obama's FY2016 budget request is a giant step in the right direction, but tackling insecurity, poor governance, and lack of economic opportunities requires being smart about directing aid to countries or agencies that have demonstrated the political will to fight corruption and impunity.

Obama Administration’s Budget Request for Central America a Welcome Step

Smart Investments Must Target Corruption, Endemic Violence, and Poverty
News
On Monday, the Obama Administration will release its FY2016 budget request, including a $1 billion fund for Central America, aimed at assisting the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in addressing the root causes of migration from the region.

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.

New WOLA Video: Mexican Migrant Children Forgotten at the Border

Border Patrol and Mexican Authorities Fail to Screen and Protect Mexican Migrant Children
News
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.

Video and Report: Mexican Migrant Children Forgotten at the Border

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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.

WOLA Statement on President Obama's Action on Immigration

News
President Obama has taken important steps to provide relief to millions of families who have been living and working in this country but who have lived in constant fear of unjust detention and deportation. The President’s actions will offer millions of people a chance to live with dignity and without fear of being separated from their families.

New Developments along Mexico’s Southern Border

Mexico’s Government Deploys Additional Forces and Requests Funds for Southern Border Program
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and Fundar provide an analysis of Mexico's stepped-up migration enforcement strategy at its southern border.

Mexico's New Southern Border Security Plan and New Police Force

An In-Depth Podcast with WOLA's Adam Isacson and Experts on the Ground
Publication
Over 3 days in August, Mexico's government announced a big new southern border security plan, and inaugurated a big new police force, the Gendarmería. Adam talks to six experts about both strategies and their likely effects.

Five Questions about Mexico's New Southern Border Program

Analysis & Commentary
There is little clarity about the budget, scope, or operational strategy of Mexico’s new Southern Border Program. In the meantime, as Mexico moves forward with its plans to secure the southern border, here are five key questions.

WOLA's Resources and Analysis on Central American Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary
For decades, WOLA has researched and reported on the conditions of crime, violence, and lack of economic opportunity as push factors driving migration. Below is a list of WOLA resources and analysis on the issues of unaccompanied minors, border security and migration, and citizen security.