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Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief for June 19, 2017

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A compilation of recent top articles and reports related to issues of U.S. immigration and enforcement policy and migration from Central America and Mexico (articles in English and Spanish). Please feel free to send us recommendations or requests for upcoming news briefs: lfolkerts@lawg.org.


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Feature: U.S.-Mexico Conference on Prosperity and Security in Miami

 
Central America Braces for Return of U.S. Military-Led Foreign Policy
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, June 13, 2017
“‘Daniella Burgi-Palomino, senior associate at the Latin America Working Group, said: “We’re very concerned [about] the detrimental impact of Gen Kelly inserting homeland security into what should be foreign policy decisions, especially as he’s shown no understanding of the root causes driving migration and refugees.’”
 
Central America’s Business Leaders Pledge to Do More but Humanitarians Worry About Impact
Jacqueline Charles and Ayanna Runcie, Miami Herald, June 14, 2017
“‘We are concerned that the focus is getting these large companies to the region without really any consideration for human rights on the ground,’ said Daniella Burgi-Palomino, senior associate at the non-profit Latin America Working Group…[The reality] is that the projects these companies bring to the region often displace the people living there.”
 
An Alliance for Insecurity
Hillary Goodfriend, Jacobin, June 14, 2017
“Those organizing on the frontlines against imperialism, neoliberalism, and militarization in Central America have no illusions about the threats that the new administration poses…Although Trump’s plans for Central America do not represent a dramatic departure from those of his predecessor, they are a dangerous escalation of enduring strategies that privilege the movement of capital and commodities over human beings.”

Human Rights Advocates Voice Concerns About Central America Conference
Isabella Cueto and Holly Pretsky, WLRN, June 14, 2017
“‘We urged [Rex Tillerson] to make sure that what U.S. policy towards the region looks like is one that’s based in human rights, that civil society in the region is consulted for the future,’ says Daniella Burgi-Palomino, senior associate at the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C.”
 
Human Rights Take a Back Seat at Central America Summit
Telesur, June 15, 2017
“The U.S. and Mexico are co-hosting a two-day conference in Miami to discuss security and development issues in Central America featuring heads of state, Cabinet members and business elites, but civil society representatives were not invited and several groups are worried that this approach will end up minimizing human rights and social and economic justice.”
 
Denuncian exclusión de sociedad civil y protección a refugiados de cumbre triángulo norte-EUA
Amanda Hernández Moreno, La Prensa Gráfica, 14 de junio de 2017
“La coalición de más de 40 organizaciones y redes en 14 estados de Estados Unidos, Alianza Américas, denunció la exclusión de grupos de la sociedad civil de la Conferencia para la Prosperidad y Seguridad en Centroamérica, que se realiza entre hoy y el viernes en Florida.”
 
Central America Must Make Nice with Trump Administration
Tim Rogers, Univisión, June 14, 2017
“The Central Americans are not so much interested in Trump’s strange celebrity appeal, rather in trying to make nice with his erratic, America-first government that seems to have misplaced the United States’ old list of friends and foes.”
 
Piden que cumbre centroamericana ofrezca respuestas a “crisis de refugiados”
María Peña, El Diario, 13 de junio de 2017
“En vísperas de la cumbre regional sobre Centroamérica en Miami (Florida), líderes cívicos y religiosos afirmaron este martes que el encuentro debe incluir respuestas a la ‘crisis de refugiados’ en el ‘Triángulo del Norte’, y las causas que obligan a su éxodo masivo hacia EEUU.”
 
Negotiations in Miami Must Not Treat Central American Asylum Seekers as Bargaining Chips
Madeleine Penman, Amnesty International, June 15, 2017
“Rather than promote stability in Central America, hardline border patrol has been proven to cause an increase in the people smuggling industry, lining the pockets of powerful criminal networks in the region and affecting lives of thousands of vulnerable people.”
 
Miami Summit an Opportunity to Rethink Central America
Eric L. Olson, Miami Herald, June 13, 2017
“The irregular flow of migrants and the existence of illicit trafficking networks in Central America are symptomatic of the region’s greatest challenges: fragile governments infested with corruption that are unable to protect their own citizens, provide adequate economic opportunities or deliver basic services. Failure to address these challenges in a comprehensive and sustained way poses grave risks to the region, and ultimately the security of the United States.”
 
Trump Administration Will Press Central American Countries and Mexico to Keep Their People at Home
Tracy Wilkinson, Washington Post, June 14, 2017
“The Trump administration appears to be shifting the focus of its policies on Central America away from political and social improvements that gained traction under President Obama and more on law enforcement, especially stopping illegal immigration and cracking down on drug trafficking.”
 
El choque del discurso del vicepresidente Óscar Ortiz con la realidad salvadoreña
Ricardo Avelar, El Salvador, 15 de junio de 2017
“En la conferencia del Triángulo Norte…Óscar Ortiz dio un discurso alusivo a los pilares de esta alianza. En esta, además de comprometerse a una agenda de diálogo, generación de oportunidades y reducción de la migración irregular, el vicepresidente destacó logros de su gobierno en esa dirección.”
 
Government Op-eds, Read-outs on Conference
 
United States Key Deliverables for the June 15-16, 2017 Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, June 16, 2017
“A secure and stable Central America contributes to a safer and more prosperous United States by helping to secure U.S. borders, protect U.S. citizens, and increase opportunities for U.S. businesses. U.S. engagement in Central America aims to destroy transnational criminal organizations, combat drug trafficking and deter illegal migration, and increase private sector investment to create employment and economic opportunity in the region.”
 
Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Northern Triangle Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, June 15, 2017
“President Trump has already taken decisive action to protect the American people from the harshest consequences of illegal immigration and the transnational drug trade…We’re supporting your attorneys general as they target drug traffickers, gang leaders, and corruption…The United States is proud to support programs in the Northern Triangle that strengthen civil society, improve education and literacy, and spur economic growth in impoverished areas.”
 
Press Availability at Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America
U.S. State Department, June 15, 2017
“Today, we have felt as partners and allies. This was a conference that focused on two fundamental issues for our countries: prosperity and development. During the working sessions, we focused on the factors that are the catalysts for development in our region and the strategic alliances with the private sector, all the stakeholders and international organizations.”
 
Conferencia sobre prosperidad y seguridad en Centroamérica
Secretaría de Gobernación (SEGOB), 16 de junio de 2017
“En el marco de esta conferencia —y con base en el principio fundamental del respeto a la soberanía de cada Estado y en apego a sus marcos jurídicos vigentes—, los asistentes discutieron políticas y acciones para promover el desarrollo sostenible e incluyente, que atiendan los factores vinculados a la inversión, el crecimiento y la mejora de las condiciones de los ciudadanos de la región.”
 
White House Building Prosperity to Ensure Security in Central America
Rex Tillerson, John F. Kelly and Luis Alberto Moreno, Miami Herald, June 15, 2017
“For the past two years, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been supporting the Alliance for Prosperity of the Northern Triangle. Essentially, this plan seeks to help El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras achieve what Colombia has – to regain control over territory, end the cycle of violence, corruption and impunity, win the confidence of investors, and create conditions for sustained and inclusive economic growth.”
 
Mexico, U.S. United for Central America’s Prosperity
Luis Videgaray Caso, Miami Herald, June 14, 2017
“Irregular migration is not an issue that will be resolved by border controls. Only comprehensive policies and suitable conditions that give impetus to sustainable development and ensure respect for people’s human rights will make it possible for us to gradually bring order to migration, through the lens of co-responsibility between the countries of origin, transit, destination and return of migrants.”
 
U.S. Immigration Enforcement
 
Border Patrol Raids Humanitarian Aid Group Camp in Arizona
Fernanda Santos, The New York Times, June 16, 2017
“The Border Patrol raided a humanitarian aid group’s base camp in the Southern Arizona desert on Thursday and arrested four men who had crossed into the United States illegally, officials with Customs and Border Protection said.”
 
Trump Will Allow ‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S., Reversing Campaign Promise
Michael D. Shear, The New York Times, June 16, 2017
“The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits so they can find legal employment.”
 
Rescission of Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, June 15, 2017
“On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) because there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy.”
 
ICE Agents Arrest 70 Immigrants in Oklahoma, Texas
Associated Press, June 6, 2017
“Federal authorities say agents have arrested 70 people in Oklahoma and Texas as part of a three-day sweep targeting immigrants with criminal records or who were in the U.S. illegally…the vast majority of those arrested came from Mexico.”
 
Asylum Caravan: Strength In Numbers Approach To Migration
NPR, June 3, 2017
“The trip across Mexico is notoriously dangerous for Central American migrants seeking asylum. Extortion, violence, immigration raids are common. If they make it to the U.S. border, they can spend weeks, months and even years in detention.”
 
Journalist Seeking Asylum in U.S. Returns to Mexico After Months in Detention Center ‘Hell’
Alex Zielinski, San Antonio Current, June 1, 2017
“Journalist Martin Mendez Pineda has decided he’d rather live in Acapulco, Mexico, where he’s been attacked by state police and received numerous death threats, than continue waiting in a prison-like detention center while he seeks asylum in the United States.”
 
How Many People Overstay Their Visas? Not Even the Government Knows
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact, May 30, 2017
“Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials unveiled their newest “overstay” estimates… However, agency officials themselves acknowledge serious flaws in their estimates, stemming from a lack of reliable exit data, as well as poorly coordinated communications between databases and information systems.”
 
Despite Trump Vow to End Catch and Release, He is Still Freeing Thousands of Migrants
Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, June 6, 2017
“Ending catch and release was one of Trump’s central promises during the 2016 presidential campaign. Some advocates who work with migrants say they have seen little change since Trump came into office.”
 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Continues to Inhibit Asylum Seekers’ Legal Access and Invite Litigation
Wendy Feliz, Immigration Impact, June 2, 2017
“There is no doubt that family detention disadvantages and victimizes already traumatized asylum-seeking families. Yet, ICE continues to find ways to make justice even harder to obtain. Despite the clear advantages of legal representation, ICE insists on arbitrarily restricting the types of legal services that DPBP may provide and interferes with the ability of DPBP staff to effectively represent their clients.”
 
Losing Gloria––After Their Mother Was Deported to Mexico, the Marin Siblings Faced an Impossible Choice: Stay or Go.
Lizzie Presser, California Sunday Magazine, June 1, 2017
“Roughly half a million U.S.-born children lost a parent to arrest, detention, and deportation between 2009 and 2013. Most of those who lose a single mom or dad, like the Marins, move in with extended family or friends. But if no one is there to care for them, the child welfare system takes control.”

Migrantes de CA y México enfrentan maltratos cuando solicitan asilo en EU
Reuters, 15 de junio de 2017
“Miles de mexicanos y centroamericanos que huyen de sus países por la creciente violencia enfrentan tratos cada vez más crueles en Estados Unidos cuando buscan asilo, dijo Amnistía Internacional (AI) en un informe divulgado el jueves.”
 
SB4

Two Democratic Senators Are Asking SXSW to Move Out of Texas Over New Anti-Immigrant Law
Andy Cush, Spin, June 7, 2017
“As we saw in previous failed attempts by states that tried to adopt ‘show me your papers’ legislation, these laws essentially legalize discrimination based on the color of your skin or the way you speak… In a statement provided to SPIN via email, Swenson said that SXSW is opposed to SB4 but will not leave Austin”
 
A Tiny Texas Border City is Leading the Charge Against the State’s Immigration Crackdown
Maria Sacchetti and Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post, June 4, 2017
“El Cenizo is leading the charge to block a tough new Texas immigration law that requires police to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation…The lawsuit filed by the city pits Mayor Raul Reyes and his tiny outpost of Democrats against the state’s powerful Republican Party.”
 
Ley de CONFIANZA de Illinois es una respuesta a Trump y Texas
America’s Voice, Latino California, 2 de junio de 2017
“La peor expresión de esta estrategia [de Trump] a nivel estatal es la recientemente proclamada ley SB4 en Texas, que alienta la discriminación y amenaza con encarcelar a policías locales si no cumplen con el mandato, con el fin de maximizar las deportaciones… En contraste con dichas políticas crueles e ilógicas, otros estados avanzan en una dirección de sentido común.”
 
San Antonio, Austin Join Growing Lawsuits Against Draconian Texas Immigration Bill
E.A. Crunden, ThinkProgress, June 2, 2017
“San Antonio’s lawsuit was filed Thursday by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) on behalf of the city and three nonprofits, and argues that SB4, an immigration law targeting ‘sanctuary cities,’ is unconstitutional.”
 
Mexican Migration Enforcement
 
El director del INM: El plan Frontera Sur no es (sólo) de contención migratoria
EFE, 14 de junio de 2017
“Frontera Sur no es hablar de contención migratoria…es un conjunto de acciones encaminadas a hacer más próspera la región del sureste. Ahora, no puede ser próspera una región si no hay aplicación de la ley, entre ellas la de migración.”
 
Plan de Estados Unidos para controlar la frontera México-Guatemala
Isaín Mandujano, Proceso, 10 de junio de 2017
“Organizaciones defensoras de migrantes y activistas por los derechos humanos detectaron que desde principios de este año comenzó a concretarse un plan para que el Comando Sur de Estados Unidos controle la frontera de México y Guatemala mediante una base en El Petén, donde históricamente la militarización sólo ha incrementado la violencia, el desplazamiento de los pueblos y la represión.”
 
IACHR Welcomes Progress on the Protection of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Mexico
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, June 13, 2017
“Since July 2016, Mexico’s National Institute for Migration (INM) and the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) have been implementing alternatives to detention, in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and civil society organizations…These measures are more in keeping with the Mexican State’s human rights obligations and have benefited families and children, as well as women and men, and have shown very successful results in terms of compliance.”
 
México y EU violan el derecho de protección y refugio a miles, acusa AI
José Antonio Román, La Jornada, 15 de junio de 2017
“‘Estados Unidos y México son socios en el crimen y están fraguando una incipiente catástrofe de derechos humanos. Estados Unidos está construyendo un sistema cruel y hermético para impedir que gente que lo necesita reciba protección internacional, y México está demasiado dispuesto a desempeñar el papel de portero de Estados Unidos’, indicó Erika Guevara-Rosas, directora para las Américas de Amnistía Internacional.”
 
“He Will Kill Me if He Sees Me Again”: Abused Women Seek Refuge in Mexico
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, June 7, 2017
“More Central American women are fleeing their homes, crossing borders to escape domestic violence in the region with the most female murders in the world.”
 
Slim, México y EU se unen para frenar migración desde Centroamérica
Reuters, 14 de junio de 2017
“Estados Unidos, México y tres países centroamericanos anunciarán esta semana planes para trabajar con el multimillonario mexicano Carlos Slim para reducir el crimen en Centroamérica y lograr nuevas vías dirigidas a frenar la migración, según el borrador de un documento al que tuvo acceso Reuters.”
 
Mexico, Guatemala to boost help for migrants deported from US
Agence France-Presse, June 7, 2017
“Both countries recognize the need for policies ‘of inclusion and development for returned migrants, as well as programs of labor mobility’… they shared a goal of ‘concrete actions that will fully tackle the structural causes of migration.’”
 
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
 
El Salvador Hopes for Replacement for Temporary Status
Associated Press, June 6, 2017
“El Salvador’s foreign minister said Tuesday he hopes for a more permanent situation for the “temporary protected status” that currently shields about 190,000 Salvadoran migrants in the United States.”
 
Embajadora EEUU confirma que TPS podría ser suspendido
El Noticiero, 5 de junio de 2017
“Tengo que mencionar que la primera palabra de TPS es ‘temporaria’, y entonces tenemos que siempre tener esto en nuestra mente…necesitamos pensar, si no es ahora, cuando va a terminar TPS…hay otros desastres en otros países que están ocurriendo todos los años.”
 
Root Causes

How the US Triggered a Massacre in Mexico
José Juan Morales, ProPublica, June 12, 2017
“…the DEA took a gamble. It shared the intelligence with a Mexican federal police unit that has long had problems with leaks… Almost immediately, the Treviños learned they’d been betrayed. The brothers set out to exact vengeance against the presumed snitches…”

Who Holds the DEA Accountable When Its Missions Cost Lives?
Ginger Thompson, ProPublica, June 19, 2017
“The DEA made a decision with fatal consequences. Against the wishes of the lead agent on the case — whose informant specifically warned of the potential for bloodshed — the DEA told a Mexican federal police unit with a long history of leaking to traffickers that it had the information.”
 
Backers of Honduran Dam Opposed by Murdered Activist Withdraw Funding
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, June 4, 2017
“The international funders behind the hydroelectric dam opposed by murdered Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres are withdrawing from the project…The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh)––the campaign group Cáceres co-founded––has long demanded that investors withdraw and make reparations for the human rights violations linked to the project.”
 
Activistas reportan éxodo de 700 guatemaltecos a México
Rosa Santana, Proceso, 5 de junio de 2017
“Unas 700 personas de la comunidad de San Andrés en Laguna Larga, municipio de La Libertad en Petén, Guatemala, fueron desplazadas de sus tierras tras el anuncio de que más de un millar de efectivos de la Policía Nacional Civil y del ejército guatemalteco avanzaban a la zona para desalojarla masivamente.”
 
Alarma y preocupación ante condiciones de la comunidad Laguna Larga, Petén desplazada forzadamente en la frontera con México
La 72, 8 de junio de 2017
“Constatamos por un lado que se encuentran en un campamento improvisado en condiciones de emergencia humanitaria en una brecha entre ambos países por la presión recibida por el gobierno de México; y por otro lado, que el ejército de Guatemala les ha quemado y destruido sus casas, áreas comunes y saqueado el patrimonio que no lograran llevarse consigo.”
 
Murder in the Suburbs
Sarah Esther Maslin, Vice News, May 21, 2017
“On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Cuevas and her friend Nisa Mickens were walking in their neighborhood when four MS-13 members jumped out of a car and started beating them with baseball bats and machetes…Suffolk County authorities suspect MS-13 involvement in 15 homicides since the beginning of 2016.”
 
Magnitude 6.9 earthquake triggers landslides, damages homes in Guatemala
Associated Press, June 14, 2017
“6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico caused moderate damage to homes, triggered some landslides across highways and injured at least one person…Across the border in Chiapas, Mexico, Gov. Manuel Velasco said via Twitter that there were reports of cracked walls and shattered windows in Huixtla, but so far no injuries.”
 
Se triplican homicidios de mujeres en 2017
Luz del Carmen Sosa, El Diario, 2 de junio de 2017
“Datos oficiales de la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) indican que de enero a mayo fueron cometidos 70 asesinatos contra mujeres en diversos municipios de Chihuahua.  Sólo en esta frontera, fueron asesinadas 35 personas del sexo femenino durante ese período, lo que representó un aumento del 437 por ciento comparado con los primeros cinco meses del 2016, en que ocurrieron ocho crímenes contra mujeres.”
 
Mexico Offers Rewards in Killings of Journalists
Associated Press, June 13, 2017
“Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office is offering rewards for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for the murders of five journalists and the attempted murder of a sixth this year.”

Reports, Resources, Actions
 
Letter to Rex Tillerson from Civil Society Organizations on Miami Conference
June 7, 2017
“An effective response to this forced displacement and migration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador requires policies that recognize and respect the rights of all individuals to seek asylum in the United States and the region, and foreign policies that address the intersection of root causes and that are based in human rights and in consultation with civil society organizations in the region. It is precisely for these reasons that we are concerned with the lack of consultation with civil society organizations from Mexico and Central America in the preparation for this conference.”
 
La interpretación y aplicación del derecho internacional y nacional de los refugiados en México
Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico, June 2017
“Para efectos del reconocimiento de la condición de refugiado o refugiada, el Estado mexicano designó a la Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda a Refugiados (Comar), órgano intersecretarial creado mediante acuerdo presidencial…No existe una lógica jurídica en la manera en que la CG-Comar atiende y resuelve las solicitudes de reconocimiento.”
 
Letter to Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank
(Leer en español)
June 14, 2017
“We are troubled by the absence of civil society voices in the conference and by the limited scope of the conversation. We urge you to ensure that the human rights and humanitarian needs and challenges in the region are not sidelined, and to direct IADB assistance towards initiatives developed with civil society, with a focus on improving quality of life and local sustainable livelihoods.”
 
Causes of Central American Migration and the United States Response
FIU Law, June 14, 2017
“Immigrants are forced to navigate a very complex legal system…it’s almost impossible for people to represent themselves. It makes the dream of asylum rather elusive.”

Congressman Lowenthal Urges State Dept to Make Central America Human Rights a U.S. Foreign Policy Priority
June 15, 2017
“Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a letter delivered Thursday to make the defense of human rights in Central America a priority of U.S. foreign policy. The letter, signed by 37 Members of Congress, also encouraged Tillerson to make human rights in Central America a cornerstone of the Central America Prosperity and Security Conference…”
 
Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Migration Fact Sheet
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), June 2017
“Despite pervasive SGBV in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, staggering impunity levels persist, with an average of less than 10 percent of cases resulting in conviction…Many individuals and families fleeing SGBV are potentially eligible for protection under U.S. as well as Mexican refugee law, as the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras fail to protect their citizens from SGBV.”
 
Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s Violation of the Rights of Asylum Seekers
Amnesty International, June 15, 2017
“Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers explores the catastrophic impact of a catalogue of new policies and ongoing practices that result in asylum seekers pursuing increasingly more desperate and dangerous means of crossing the border.”
 
Informe mensual de la situación de los derechos de las niñas, niños y jóvenes en Honduras
Casa Alianza, mayo 2017
“Durante mayo los medios de comunicación escritos del país reportaron la muerte en forma violenta de 151 personas, lo que representa una cifra de 5 muertes violentas por día. De ese total de muertes, 125 fueron del sexo masculino y 26 del sexo femenino…63 casos corresponden a niños, niñas y jóvenes menores de 30 años, representando el 41.7% de las víctimas.”
 
When Corruption is the Operating System: The Case of Honduras
Sarah Chayes, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 30, 2017
“Honduras offers a prime example of such intertwined, or ‘integrated,’ transnational kleptocratic networks. This case thus illustrates core features of the way apparently open or chaotic economies are in reality structured worldwide—and some of the dynamics that are driving climate change, persistent inequality, and spiraling conflict.”
 
International Migration Policy Report: Responsibility Sharing for Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants in Need of Protection
Center for Migration Studies of New York, June 2017
“By and large, the response has been characterized by deterrence tactics—the use of interdiction, detention, and deportation, among other schemes—to send a message that these migrants, many of whom qualify for refugee status, should remain home. Attempts to address the root causes of the movements, although helpful, have remained spotty and insufficient.”
 
Shut Down Berks Detention Center
Amnesty International, June 7, 2017
“Amnesty International USA is launching a global campaign to urge Ivanka Trump to intervene on behalf of the women and children held at Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania… Currently, there are as many as 60 infants, toddlers, children, fathers and mothers jailed at Berks, one of three such family detention centers, which are akin to jails, in the United States.”
 
Field Notes: Report from Honduras
Eric L. Olson, Wilson Center, June 2017
“It is important not to reduce Central America’s complex challenges to a matter of ending drug trafficking—which is a fool’s errand…The United States needs to remain focused on the deeper problems that undermine democracy in the region and to create a policy that goes beyond a narrow focus on fighting drugs.”
 
A New Campaign Against Latin America’s Epidemic of Homicide
Michelle Marinho & Dandara Tinoco, Open Society Foundations, May 23, 2017
“Nearly 30 separate organizations—from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico—[are] behind #InstintodeVida, a new region-wide campaign devoted to homicide reduction.”

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