WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Program Theme

Border Security

Increased calls for a security buildup on the U.S.-Mexico border have transformed the southwest border region in recent years. Research by WOLA experts has shown that these increases are already yielding rapidly diminishing returns, while having severe effects on the safety of migrants.

WOLA also monitors Mexico’s efforts to secure its southern border, the impact of increased migration enforcement on migrants’ safety, and U.S. assistance for border security and enforcement in Mexico. WOLA has found that Mexico’s increased enforcement lacks coordination among agencies operating in border states and that migrants have been pushed into using remote and dangerous areas in order to avoid detection, exposing them to greater risk.