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Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief for December 9, 2016

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A compilation of this week’s top articles and reports related to issues of migration from Central America and Mexico (articles in English and Spanish). Next week will be the last Migration News Brief for this month–Happy Holidays!

Root Causes, Country Conditions

•  Killers on a Shoestring: Inside the Gangs of El Salvador [English]
La mafia de pobres que desangra a El Salvador [Español]
Óscar Martínez, Efren Lemus, Carlos Martínez and Deborah Sontag, The New York Times, November 20, 2016
“The gangs that make El Salvador the murder capital of the world are not sophisticated global cartels but mafias of the poor. Unlike other groups considered global organized crime syndicates, the Salvadoran gangs do not survive on the international trafficking of cocaine, arms and humans. While they dabble in small-time drug dealing, gun sales and prostitution, they engage primarily in a single crime committed over and over within Salvadoran territory: extortion.”

•  ‘It’s a Crime to be Young and Pretty’: Girls Flee Predatory Central America Gangs
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, November 23, 2016
“Sexual exploitation that the UN says amounts to slavery is forcing girls and their families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to seek refuge in Mexico.”

•  PNC reporta 361 homicidios durante noviembre
Gabriela Cáceres, La Prensa Gráfica, 2 de diciembre de 2016
“Tres cadáveres en estado de putrefacción fueron encontrados ayer en distintas zonas del país. Una de las víctimas fue asesinada hace 15 días, dijo la PNC.”

•  El Salvador: Assassins For Sale
Lali Houghton, Al Jazeera, November 24, 2016
“With a murder every one and a half hours, El Salvador is counted among the world’s most dangerous nations. Awash with weapons and torn apart by the internecine struggles of rival criminal gangs, the country is experiencing violence at levels unseen since the aftermath of its long and brutal civil war.”

•  A Light in the Underworld
Sarah Esther Maslin, Colombia Journalism Review (CJR), November 21, 2016
“Salvadoran website El Faro has built its reputation with stirring stories of gangland, sparking threats at home and racking up prizes abroad.”

•  El Salvador’s Sky-High Murder Rate Is Creating a Humanitarian Crisis
Celia Medrano, Open Society Foundations, November 22, 2016
“A few weeks ago, during an interview about the gang violence that has long plagued this country, El Salvador’s Vice President Oscar Ortíz defended his administration, saying, “We are not Afghanistan.” While that may be true, statistics point to a growing humanitarian crisis. In 2015, more than 6,600 people were murdered. That’s 18 murders per day, roughly comparable to the current death rate in war-torn Syria.”

•  Inside Central America’s New Anti-Gang Joint Task Force
Sarah Kinosian, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), December 1, 2016
“On November 15, 2016, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras launched a new, joint task force. The Tri-National Anti-Gang Task Force will operate along the nearly 400 miles of border territory that divides the three countries, carrying out coordinated operations targeting gang activity, drug trafficking and human smuggling, and streamlining intelligence sharing.”

•  El Salvador’s FMLN: Talking Peace while Waging War
David Gagne, InSight Crime, November 21, 2016
“A series of videos showing officials from President Salvador Sánchez Cerén’s administration holding secret negotiations with the country’s principal street gangs prior to taking power have called into question the ruling FMLN’s motives for talking to the gangs in the first place. Were they seeking an end to the gang wars or was it a way to prepare what has become a massive government offensive against them?”

•  Fracking, Mining, Murder: The Killer Agenda Driving Migration in Mexico and Central America
Ariadna Estévez, The Conversation, November 23, 2016
“And as far as the United Nations and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, are concerned, bad guys are to blame. But this common received wisdom about violence in Central America and Mexico overlooks two facts.Both areas are rich in natural resources, including fine woods (such as mahogany) and metals (such as iron, lead, gold, nickel, zinc and silver). And not all the violence plaguing the region is gang-related; it also encompassses feminicide, the killing of environmental activists and political murders and forced disappearances.”

•  Mexico’s War on Drugs: What has It Achieved and How Is the US Involved?
Nina Lakhani and Erubiel Tirado, The Guardian, December 8, 2016
“Critics say that this influx of cash has helped create an opaque security industry open to corruption at every level. But the biggest costs have been human: since 2007, almost 200,000 people have been murdered and more than 28,000 reported as disappeared.”

•  ‘Impunity Has Consequences’: The Women Lost to Mexico’s Drug War
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, December 8, 2016
“At least 50 women disappeared in the Veracruz capital of Xalapa over three nights in 2011 – just some of the thousands of victims in the 10-year battle against drug trafficking.”

•  ‘The Only Two Powerful Cartels Left’: Rivals Clash in Mexico’s Murder Capital
David Agren, The Guardian, November 28, 2016
“Amid a 10-year crackdown on cartels, the drug trade continues and factions have splintered – leaving Sinaloa and CJNG facing off in Colima state…Over the past year, however, the region has claimed a new title: murder capital of Mexico. According to federal figures, Colima registered 434 homicides in the first nine months of 2016 – a huge number in a population of just 700,000.”

•  Is Ciudad Juárez on the Brink of a New Gang War?
Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune, November 29, 2016
“October was the deadliest month in Ciudad Juárez in nearly three years. Locals are anxious – and hopeful they’re not witnessing a resurgence of the brutal drug war that plagued this Mexican border city from 2008 to 2011.”

•  More Than Physical Violence: Experts Warn That Mexican Journalists Also Face Trauma, Mental Health Problems
Perla Arellano, Journalism in the Americas: The University of Texas at Austin, December 7, 2016
“For Mexican journalists, covering la nota roja – or the crime beat – goes beyond being exposed to physical dangers. By living and working in high-risk areas, their constant and systematic contact with violence puts their mental health on the line.”

Mexico Enforcement

•  Sola contra la frontera, la historia de esta migrante en México
Jody García, Nómada, 8 de diciembre 2016
“En una bolsa de mano azul, Estefany Cerrato guardó tres pantalones, tres blusas y una chumpa. En una bolsa plástica metió un cepillo y pasta dental, un desodorante, un peine especial para pelo rizado y crema corporal. Ese fue su equipaje para migrar a Estados Unidos. Se subió a un autobús, se alejó de Tegucigalpa, y de sus tres hijos. El número de mujeres migrantes centroamericanas ha aumentado 40 por ciento en dos años y se estima que el 60 por ciento de ellas es violada en México.”

•  México aplica política de detención y expulsión generalizada de migrantes: Sin Fronteras
Sebastián Barragán, Aristegui Noticias, 6 de diciembre de 2016
“Sin Fronteras detectó que México aplica una política de detención de migrantes y su deportación automática, lo que limita la posibilidad de detectar posibles refugiados y por lo tanto pone en riesgo la vida de las personas.”

•  Young, Abandoned and On the Run
James Fredrick, UNHCR, December 2, 2016
“Deserted by their parents and fleeing El Salvador’s murderous street gangs, three young brothers navigate the asylum process in Mexico with UNHCR support.”

•  Bailar para vivir en la frontera sur
Vania Pigeonutt, El Universal, 5 de diciembre de 2016
“El flujo de migrantes en la frontera sur se ha duplicado desde hace tres años. En 2015, según el Inegi, 450 mil ingresaron a México, donde las centro americanas encuentran trabajo como sexoservidoras, meseras o en casas.”

•  More Central Americans Are Giving Up on the U.S. and Looking Instead to a Mexican Dream
Kate Linthicum, The Los Angeles Times, December 1, 2016
“The number of migrants seeking to stay in Mexico pales in comparison to the droves heading to the U.S….But the burden on Mexico and other countries is likely to increase if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on his promises to beef up border security and deport up to 3 million people living in the U.S. illegally.”

•  Joint Statement to Mexican Authorities on Access to Asylum at the Border [English]
Comunicado al INM exigiendo que permita acceso al asilo en EU [Español]
Osorio Chong, Ardelio Vargas Fosado,and Luis Raúl González Pérez, Kino Border Initiative, December 8, 2016
“People who are fleeing from their country and seek protection in the United States are being turned away by Mexican and US authorities. In cities such as Tijuana, Mexicali and Nogales, people seeking asylum are rejected by US authorities if they do not appear on the lists controlled by the National Institute of Migration in Mexico. It is illegal for Mexican authorities to control who can or cannot present themselves on the southern border of the United States to ask for asylum.”

•  Indígenas de Guatemala, otra explotación laboral
Fredy Martín Pérez, El Universal, 3 de diciembre de 2016
“Cada año familias vienen a campos agrícolas de la entidad; en 2015, fiscalía rescato a 10 menores que trabajaban en finca.”

Regional Reactions to U.S. Election

•   What Will Trump’s Presidency Mean for Central America?
Latin America Dialogue: A Publication of the Dialogue, December 7, 2016
“The foreign ministers of Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador met Nov. 21 in Guatemala to discuss their countries’ cooperation following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President.”

•   Video: Why Mexico Won’t Pay for the Border Wall
Larisa Epatko, PBS News Hour, November 29, 2016
“Mexico won’t pay for building a wall along the U.S. border, nor negotiate anything about it, said Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu.Massieu told special correspondent Nick Schifrin in a report airing on the PBS NewsHour that ‘Mexico will never consider paying for a wall that puts barriers between our two countries.'”

•   Trump Immigration Policy Sows Fear, Uncertainty on Texas Border
Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, November 18, 2016
“‘It doesn’t matter if I bring 1,000 more agents or 200 more helicopters, that population is going to seek us to turn themselves in,’ Padilla said. “That is not a law enforcement solution. That is going to be a diplomatic, political solution.'”

•   Fearing Trump’s Wall, Central Americans Rush to Cross the U.S. Border
Joshua Partlow and Nick Miroff, The Washington Post, November 18, 2016
“President-elect Donald Trump has promised major change to the U.S. immigration system at a time when Central American families are flowing into the United States in growing numbers, many fleeing warlike conditions and poverty back home.”

•   Here’s What the U.S.-Mexico Border Looks Like Pre-Trump
NBC News, November 19, 2016
Photo Gallery: “Now that the election is over, the question is whether Donald Trump will actually build a barrier. Here’s what the border looks like now.”

•   Honduran Smugglers Taking Advantage of Trump Victory: US Embassy
Tristan Clavel, InSight Crime, November 21, 2016
“The United States’ Embassy in Honduras has warned of an increase in the demand for Honduran “coyotes” to smuggle people into the United States, a sign that President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral victory is already influencing the region’s criminal dynamics.”

•   Mexico Reels at Nightmare Vision of a Donald Trump White House
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, November 26, 2016
“If Donald Trump were to enact his threats to build a border wall, rip up Nafta and block remittances, the effect on the country’s economy would be devastating.”

•   Deportaciones sí afectarán las remesas
Manuel Orozco, The Dialogue, November 21, 2016
“Las remesas que envían los centroamericanos desde Estados Unidos a sus países, no serán afectadas por un inaplicable impuesto anunciado en la campaña electoral por el ahora presidente electo Donald Trump, sino por el impacto colateral del incremento en las deportaciones. El politólogo e investigador del Diálogo Interamericano Manuel Orozco, calcula que como resultado de las políticas de Trump las deportaciones podrían incrementarse en un 20%, en relación a la época de Obama.”

U.S. Enforcement

•   US Government Scrambles to Respond to Surge of Migrants at Mexico Border
Tom Dart, The Guardian, December 9, 2016
“The influx stems in part from the fear that Trump will build a wall, but is mainly a consequence of continuing violence and economic distress in Central America.”

•   Customs and Border Chief: Migrant Surge Not Letting Up
The Associated Press, The Washington Post, December 7, 2016
“The surge of Central American families seeking asylum at U.S. borders is not letting up, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday after touring a temporary holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley set up to manage the influx.The number of apprehensions along the southwestern border can be close to 2,000 a day — with most people turning themselves in, Kerlikowske said in a phone interview. The November influx was as high as what was seen in October: 46,195, he said.”

•   Hundreds of Women and Children are Released from Texas Immigration Detention Facilities
Nigel Duara, The Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2016
“More than 400 women and children have been freed from two Texas immigration detention facilities after a federal judge found the sites unsuitable for holding children, sending families into a wet, frigid December night while migrant advocates scrambled to provide shelter, food and emergency care.”

•   ‘Chase and Scatter’ Leaves Refugees for Dead in US-Mexico Borderlands
Brian Sonenstein, Shadowproof, December 8, 2016
“Actions taken by law enforcement to capture refugees attempting to cross the vast wilderness of the United States-Mexico borderlands frequently leads to injury, trauma, death, and disappearance, according to a new report.”

•   Family Members of Missing Migrants Visit the Rio Grande Valley [English]
Familiares de migrantes centroamericanos desaparecidos visitan el Valle del Río Grande [Español]
Kristian Hernandez, The Monitor, December 4, 2016
“Called the Regional Network for Truth and Justice, the group is made up of six different committees from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. For years they have advocated for missing migrant’s rights throughout the Americas and finding ways to build the necessary systems to properly identify and return those who die trying to reach the American dream, according to Claudia Interiano, an attorney, with the Foundation for Justice and Rule of Law.”

•   Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham Unveil Bill to Stop Donald Trump from Ending Protections for Dreamers
Elise Foley, The Huffington Post, December 9, 2016
“The Durbin-Graham measure could serve two purposes: If it passes, so-called Dreamers could live without constant fear of deportation and continue to legally work and drive. If it doesn’t, it could still put pressure on Trump to keep away from DACA recipients.”

•   Menendez Speaks Out on Behalf of Dreamers and their Families
December 8, 2016
“U.S. Senator Bob Menendez  delivered remarks on the Senate floor this afternoon regarding the fear and panic being felt across the entire immigrant community post-election, and the urgent need to protect immigrant families from being separated by any future administrations.”

•   It’s Up to Congress to Protect ‘Dreamers’ from Deportation
Editorial Board, The Washington Post, December 7, 2016
“Some 750,000 people have registered for the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and most are studying or working in this country, leading peaceable and productive lives….Will President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to deport all illegal immigrants, use information they willingly gave the federal government, including addresses, to track them down and deport them?”

•   What It’s Like to Be an Immigration Attorney in the Final Weeks Before the Trump Presidency
Adam Chandler, The Atlantic, December 5, 2016
“One lawyer says that she’s seen a tenfold increase in calls, emails, and inquiries to her firm since the election.”

•   Trump Appears to Soften on Deporting Thousands of Young Immigrants
Amy Chozick, The New York Times, December 7, 2017
“President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday appeared to soften his stance on whether to deport the more than 700,000 young people who entered the country illegally as children and were permitted to stay by President Obama.”

•   The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA
Janet Napolitano, The New York Times, November 30, 2016
“I’m referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That program is called DACA, which until the recent presidential campaign was an acronym known by few beyond the nation’s immigrant communities or the Washington beltway. Now DACA is trending news, and not in a good way.”

•   106 Members of Congress Call on Obama to Protect Immigrants’ Private Data
December 5, 2016
“Today, 106 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he take action to protect the names and private information of those who enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. The letter, led by Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Zoe Lofgren (CA-29), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), and Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), specifically suggests an Executive Order that would prohibit the use of DACA enrollees’ information for purposes other than originally intended, including for purposes of deportation. The letter was endorsed by National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).”

•   Homeland Security Panel Wants to Quit For-Profit Immigrant Detention
Elise Foley and Roque Planas, The Huffington Post, December 1, 2016
“Private prison companies received a blessing on Thursday from a Department of Homeland Security panel tasked with determining whether the government should continue operating immigrant detention facilities as for-profit businesses. Then the panel’s meeting fell apart.”

•   CARA Family Detention Project Lauds Ruling to Deny Child Care Licensing to Immigration Detention Centers
American Immigration Lawyers Association, December 8, 2016
“The partner organizations in the CARA Family Detention Project applaud the December 2 decision by a Texas state court to block the federal government’s effort to obtain licenses allowing it to detain immigrant children at detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas.”

•   Deluged Immigration Courts, Where Cases Stall for Years, Begin to Buckle
Julia Preston, The New York Times, December 1, 2016
“Weighed down by a backlog of more than 520,000 cases, the United States immigration courts are foundering, increasingly failing to deliver timely, fair decisions to people fighting deportation or asking for refuge, according to interviews with lawyers, judges and government officials. With too few judges, overworked clerks and an antiquated docket based on stacks of paper files, many of the 56 courts nationwide have become crippled by delays and bureaucratic breakdowns.”

•   Mexican Journalist Gets Asylum Hearing 8 Years After Fleeing to the U.S. Out of Fear for His Life
Teresa Mioli, Journalism in the Americas: The University of Texas at Austin, November 22, 2016
“Eight years after arriving in the United States, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto finally got to tell his story to a judge who will decide whether he will be granted asylum in the U.S.”

•   Supreme Court To Consider How Long Immigrants May Be Detained Without Bond Hearing
Nina Totenberg, NPR, November 30, 2016
“The U.S. Supreme Court takes up important immigration questions Wednesday, even as President-elect Donald Trump talks of pushing for more deportations. The legal issue before the court tests whether people who are detained for more than six months have a right to a bond hearing.”

•   Supreme Court Divided in Immigration Detention Dispute
Lawrence Hurley, Reuters, November 30, 2016
“A divided U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Wednesday with how to resolve a dispute over whether immigrants detained by the U.S. government for more than six months while deportation proceedings take place should be able to seek their release.”

•   Centros de detención migratoria en Texas permanecen operando pese a medida judicial en su contra
Univision, December 8, 2016
“Los centros de detención familiar de Karnes y Dilley, administrados por empresas privadas, continuarán funcionando pese al fallo de una jueza que cuestionó sus licencias operativas.  La magistrada considera que el permiso a los contratistas viola normas federales al albergar en centros de detención a menores.”

•   A Mother’s Appeal to the Supreme Court: “I Had to Fight to Stay in the Country for My Children”
Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, November 30 2016
“The officials informed Morataya that she had been slated for deportation. She was told that she would have an opportunity to present her case before a judge at a bond hearing. As it turned out, that wasn’t exactly true.”

•   Central Americans Now Pouring in Near Yuma; Haitian Detainees Released in Response
Daniel González, AZ Central, November 18, 2016
“Latest surge of families, children coming to U.S. has forced immigration officials to release 900 Haitians from detention centers.”

•   The U.S. Government Quietly Deported 200 Haitian Immigrants in November
Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, November 23, 2016
“When Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in early October, the U.S. government temporarily stopped deportation flights back to the country, giving time for the small nation to recover from the damage. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it had quietly resumed deportations to Haiti, having removed more than 200 immigrants since early November.”

•   Trump’s DHS Pick Is a Retired General Who Warns Latin America Could Pose an “Existential” Threat to the US
Dara Lind, Vox, December 7, 2016
“But the way Kelly sees the world, and his potential next job, goes way beyond the border or the wall. He sees the challenges to US security as holistic and regional — and believes that fixing them requires doing more throughout Latin America, not simply walling off the United States.”

•   Border Communities Should Not be Treated like War Zones
Southern Border Communities Coalition, December 8, 2016
“President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to nominate retired USMC Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security is a deeply troubling signal to border communities and the nation. Border communities are diverse, vibrant, economically resilient and among the safest in the nation. They are not war zones where military-style enforcement takes precedent over the rights enshrined in the Constitution.”

•   Three Key Questions for DHS Nominee Gen. Kelly: DACA, Deportation Priorities, and Central American Policy
America’s Voice, December 8, 2016
“Will you counsel President Trump to keep the DACA program for Dreamers in place?…Will you protect Central American refugees or deport them back to violence?…Will you keep the common-sense DHS priorities memo in place to guide deportation decisions…?”

•   How General Kelly’s DHS Should Undo Obama Immigration Policies
Ian Smith, The Hill, December 8, 2016
“How decisively Secretary Kelly moves in the rescission process will be the first opportunity to test the Trump administration’s resolve to control illegal immigration and protect the American workers who voted him into office.”

•   Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants?
Haeyoun Park and Troy Griggs, The New York Times, November 29, 2016
“It’s unclear if Mr. Trump could carry out the deportations he has proposed without violating due process, especially at the scale and speed he has suggested. The last time the United States carried out mass deportations was when President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized military-style roundups to expel hundreds of thousands of Mexicans in 1954.”

•   California Measure Would Create Immigrant ‘Safe Zones’
Reid Wilson, The Hill, December 8, 2016
“California state Senate President Kevin de León (D) has filed legislation to prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from working with federal immigration officials to deport undocumented immigrants.”

•   Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrants
Denise Lavoie, The Washington Post, December 9, 2016
“Hundreds of houses of worship are offering sanctuary to people who could face deportation if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign pledge to remove millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.”

Reports, Resources, Actions

•   Report of the Subcommittee on Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities
Homeland Security Advisory Committee, December 1, 2016
“On August 26, 2016, Secretary Jeh Johnson tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to create a subcommittee to look at the use by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of privately run immigration detention facilities. The tasking was occasioned by an August 18 announcement that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was directing the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. The Secretary asked that this Subcommittee on Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities ‘address ICE’s current policy and practices concerning the use of private immigration detention facilities and evaluate whether this practice should be eliminated. This evaluation should consider all factors concerning policy and practice with respect to ICE’s detention facilities, including fiscal considerations.’”

•   Petition—Mexico: Stop Obstructing Refugees Seeking Asylum in United States
México: no obstaculice a los solicitantes de asilo
“The migrant shelters and human rights centers on Mexico’s northern border have been witness to the politics that put migrants’ lives at risk….We ask you to join us in denouncing and putting an end to this injustice.”

•   Asylum Outcome Increasingly Depends on Judge Assigned
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) Immigration, December 2, 2016
“The outcome for asylum seekers has become increasingly dependent upon the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear their case. While judge-to-judge decision disparities have long existed, a detailed comparison of asylum decisions handed down by judges sitting on the same Immigration Court bench showed that differences in judge denial rates have significantly increased during the last six years. Nationally, the average decision disparity in asylum cases worsened by 27 percent.”

•   “I Was Treated Like a Dog Instead of A Human Being:” Degradation, Negligence, and Abuse in ICE’s El Paso Processing Center
Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, November 2016
“This report highlights an alarming number of alleged instances of abuse, negligence, and degrading treatment in the El Paso Processing Center. Our findings suggest that ICE’s administration of the EPC has resulted in a pattern of negligence and a culture of degradation and abuse, including physical and verbal abuse, a troubling reliance on solitary confinement as a punitive measure, substandard medical care and food preparation, and an unwillingness of administrators to minimize the detrimental effects of long-term detention and family separation.”

•   Event—Immigrant Rights Q&A via Facebook Live with The National Immigration Law Center
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time: 6 pm ET/ 3 pm PT
Location: National Immigration Law Center’s Facebook
You’re invited to an important Facebook Live event that MomsRising is cosponsoring with the National Immigration Law Center, Voto Latino and other great organizations. Our featured expert guest will be Mariaelena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center, answering questions on immigrants’ rights.

•   How the US Border Enforcement Agencies Are Fueling a Missing Persons Crisis
La Coalición de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths, November 2016
“We explain this crisis of death and disappearances on the US-Mexico border and the policies that have created it.  This serves to set the scene for the following reports which open a window to violent Border Patrol practices.”

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*The Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief is a selection of relevant news articles, all of which do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the Latin America Working Group.