We are witnessing a U.S. assault on migrants on a scale that will have implications for human rights in our hemisphere for years to come. The Trump administration’s immigration and border security policies threaten great harm to thousands of people in the United States and abroad.
Building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border would be ineffective and expensive, diverting billions of dollars from international aid and domestic poverty reduction programs.
Pressures to hire several thousand Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents—without proper vetting or training—risk making those forces more abusive and less accountable.
Under the Trump administration, people fleeing violence in Central America and those who face persecution elsewhere in the region are facing serious obstacles to obtaining the asylum and legal protections to which they have a right under international law.
The Trump budget proposal would drastically cut key funding to address the root causes of migration from Central America, and instead adopt a militarized approach to citizen security—ignoring how weak institutions, corruption, and abuses fuel the cycle of violence.
WOLA is an organization with over four decades of research and advocacy experience in Central America, Mexico, and U.S. foreign policy toward the region. We are expanding our border security and migration efforts to push back and take a stand.
Our program and communications experts are leading a new, dynamic, and strategic campaign to expose and challenge Trump-era policies.
WOLA’s “Beyond the Wall” initiative will:
You can help defend the rights of migrants and stop these harmful policies. Take a stand and join WOLA at a time when it matters most.