All Content: migration

Multimedia Package: Five Ways to Stop Unsafe Deportations

Analysis & Commentary
Nearly two million people have been deported from the United States since 2009. Most of these migrants are Mexicans, and certain deportation practices put them at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels operating along the border. Here are five ways that the Obama administration can stop unsafe deportations.

Mexico’s National Institute of Migration: Migrant Rights and the Need for Reform

Video
On March 14, WOLA hosted an event featuring Dr. Sonja Wolf of the Institute for Security and Democracy. Dr. Wolf recently led an assessment of National Institute of Migration, the governmental agency in Mexico that is responsible for ensuring migrants’ safety.

Memo on Unsafe Deportations

Analysis & Commentary
Certain U.S. deportation practices are putting migrants at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels and criminal groups operating along the border. Eliminating unsafe deportation practices will bring greater order and security to the deportation process.

WOLA Experts Investigate Mexico's Southern Border: Blogs from the Field

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Border Security and Migration team just returned from a trip along the southern border of Mexico to investigate the situation along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and what it means in the context of the U.S. immigration debate. Click here to read Adam Isacson's daily blogs from the trip.

WOLA experts are traveling along Mexico's Southern Border: Blogs from the field

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Adam Isacson is on the road, investigating the situation along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and what it means in the context of the U.S. immigration debate. Click here to read his latest post.

Rethinking NAFTA after 20 Years

Open letter to the heads of state of Mexico, the United States, and Canada
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and other international organizations sent an open letter to leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada as they prepare to meet for the sixth North American Leaders' Summit.

What New Border Patrol Statistics Reveal about Changing Migration to the United States

Migrants, increasingly non-Mexican, are arriving in Texas -- and frequently dying in remote areas
News
This week, the U.S. Border Patrol released statistics about its activities in 2013. Graphics show increased migration of Central American citizens across the U.S.-Mexico border, a shift to southern Texas, and a stubbornly high number of people dying on U.S. soil.

What New Border Patrol Statistics Reveal about Changing Migration to the United States

Migrants, increasingly non-Mexican, are arriving in Texas -- and frequently dying in remote areas
Analysis & Commentary
This week, the U.S. Border Patrol released statistics about its activities in 2013. Graphics show increased migration of Central American citizens across the U.S.-Mexico border, a shift to southern Texas, and a stubbornly high number of people dying on U.S. soil.

A Big Shift in Migration, and the Importance of Search and Rescue

Humanitarian concerns as more migrants, mostly Central American, enter south Texas instead of Arizona
Analysis & Commentary
The new epicenter of undocumented migration is in south Texas. The growth in migration is almost entirely Central American, not Mexican. Search and rescue efforts make a difference and should expand.

Border Security and Migration: A Report from Arizona

Publication
In one of the busiest areas of the U.S.-Mexico border, WOLA heard of increased migration, unsafe deportation practices, stubbornly high levels of migrant deaths, and increasing drug trafficking.

Unsafe Deportations put Migrants in Unneccessary Danger

Analysis & Commentary
In a recent article published by "The American Prospect," WOLA Communications Director Kristel Mucino explains how current U.S. deportation practices are endangering the lives of migrants, putting them at unnecessary risk of kidnapping, extortion, and even murder.

Is a “surge” in National Guard troops an effective way to secure the border?

Analysis & Commentary
During a recent hearing on border security, Rep. Palazzo of Mississippi floated the idea of deploying members of the National Guard to secure the border. But have these types of “surges” along the border been successful?

U.S. Deportation Practices Put Migrants in Unnecessary Danger

WOLA Documents Four Unsafe Deportation Practices to Mexico
News
Today, experts at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) release a multimedia press package documenting four deportation practices that put hundreds of thousands of migrants at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed.

Seven Bad Consequences of the Senate's $46 Billion "Border Surge"

News
WOLA border security and migration experts Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer offer their take on the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Seven Bad Things That Will Happen After a “Border Surge”

Analysis & Commentary
Instead of seeking to re-create the Berlin Wall experience along a 1,969-mile border, a “border surge” would do better to focus its resources elsewhere.

"Border Communities Have Once Again Been Used as a Bargaining Chip"

Christian Ramírez of the Southern Border Communities Coalition comments on hardened border-security provisions in the immigration reform bill
Publication
As the U.S. Senate prepares to adopt a provision that would double the number of Border Patrol agents stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border, Adam talks to Christian Ramírez, the San Diego-based director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition.

Unsafe Deportation Practices that put Migrants at Risk

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associates Maureen Meyer and Adam Isacson address some of the unsafe U.S. deportation practices that separate families and leave migrants stranded at night in unfamiliar and increasingly dangerous Mexican border cities.

The Alarming Rise of Migrant Deaths on U.S. Soil—And What to Do About It

Analysis & Commentary
Immigration reform legislation currently before the U.S. Senate (S. 744) includes billions of dollars in new funding for border security. It makes no mention, however, of steps to prevent needless deaths of migrants on U.S. soil, or to help cash-strapped counties identify the dead.

Senate Bill Sets an Unmeetable Standard on Border Security

"Border Security Goal" provision reveals how little we know about what it takes to secure the border
Analysis & Commentary
Eight senators presented ambitious immigration reform legislation last week (S. 744). So ambitious, in fact, that it sets a border security standard that may be too high to meet in reality.

U.S. Congress Supports Peace in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 62 members of Congress call for U.S. policy to support peace with justice as the country continues negotiations to end its internal conflict.