Beyond the Wall

Borders should not be barriers to human rights.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Over the last three years, the Trump administration has created a human rights crisis on the border and throughout the region.

Today, that grave crisis has turned into a deadly humanitarian catastrophe.


4 Charts Depicting What’s Been Happening on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Using COVID-19 as a pretext, the Trump administration has ramped up its cruel policies, endangering our entire region. Without respect or concern for the health or safety of tens of thousands of lives, the administration:


Continues to detain migrants in inhumane conditions, leading to reports of COVID-19 cases in immigrant detention centers


Continues deportation flights, sending migrants who later tested positive for COVID-19 to countries ill-equipped to provide for their health


Completely shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, including to those seeking protection and opportunity.


Stand with us in this essential fight to protect human rights—on both sides of the border.


How You Can Help

Over the next year, WOLA will be sharing the latest developments in the region related to border security and migration. We need more people talking about these issues.

Keep up to date via our newsletter, join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #BeyondTheWall, and help the campaign directly by donating.

A Rights-Respecting Approach to Migration

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Implement effective border governance policy that respects human rights

This requires recognizing that walls are not a solution and keeping U.S. border security agencies like Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) out of migrant processing and the asylum process.

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Fix the badly broken asylum system in the United States

This requires ending policies that place migrants in danger, getting serious about effective alternatives to detention, and ensuring migrants receive due process in immigration court.

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Work with Mexico to ensure the rights and safety of migrants
and asylum seekers

Ensuring the safety of migrants and asylum seekers as they transit through—or choose to stay—in Mexico means: working with the Mexican government to strengthen its small and underfunded asylum system; and supporting the removal of the Mexican National Guard from border enforcement activities.

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Partner with Central American countries to address root
causes of migration

This requires significantly expanding critical aid and working with Central American governments to strengthen anti-impunity, rule of law, and governance reforms.

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Beyond the Wall: Impact of Previous Campaigns

Thanks to your incredible support of the Beyond the Wall Campaign, we’ve stopped many of the worst policies put forth as part of the “zero tolerance” agenda.

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