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Migration News Brief 11.13.20

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Migration News Brief for November 11, 2020 

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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: lalvarez@lawg.org.

 

Spotlight

Press Release: LAWG Calls for Urgent Transformation of U.S. Policy Towards Latin America and the Caribbean 
Latin America Working Group, November 10, 2020
“The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president is an opportunity to shift U.S. policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean away from a sole focus on migration to a new approach based in peace, human rights, equitable development and humanitarian protection.”

LAWG Pide transformación urgente de la política de Estados Unidos hacia América Latina y el Caribe
Criterio Honduras, 11 de noviembre de 2020
“‘Una administración Biden-Harris debe reparar este daño empezando por rescindir estas políticas anti-inmigrantes y anti-asilo desde el primer día. Pero no debe detenerse ahí. Debería trabajar para establecer un nuevo sistema de inmigracion que sea humano, justo y responsable y que proporcione un camino hacia la ciudadanía para las comunidades inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos y restablezca el acceso a la protección para los refugiados en México y América Central’, afirma Daniella Burgi-Palomino, codirectora de LAWG”.

Hurricane Eta

UNHCR joins response to victims of hurricane in Central America and Mexico 
UNHCR, November 13, 2020
“Across the region UNHCR is assisting by stepping up shelter capacity, and providing facemasks, hygiene kits, soap, food kits, thermal blankets, mosquito nets, and solar lamps among others. Honduras has been hit hardest by extensive rains and overflowing rivers, with an estimated 1.3 million people affected, 58 dead and 88,000 evacuated. Among those are 103 people who had been previously displaced by violence and persecution.”

Central America: Tropical Storm Eta Situation Report No. 2
UNOCHA, November 10, 2020
“The already grave consequences of the convergence of Eta’s impact, COVID-19 and pre-existing vulnerabilities could be exacerbated by growing protection risks, worsening food insecurity and the threat of vector-borne disease in Eta’s aftermath.”

Could Hurricane Eta be the ‘last straw’ for Central Americans considering joining a migrant caravan?
Jeff Ernst, Univision, November 10, 2020
“But now, after losing everything he owns due to flooding caused by Hurricane Eta, he finds himself homeless and often without food, he’s considering migrating for the first time. ‘I hadn’t thought about it before because we had three meals a day,’ said Pacheco, 20, seated on a bench outside the shelter where he’s staying in his hometown of San Pedro Sula. ‘But now with this situation how it is there are days we dont eat. To get ahead of this crisis is going to be very difficult.’”

United States asked to allow Guatemalans to stay on humanitarian grounds after storm
Reuters, November 11, 2020
“‘The Guatemalan government reiterates the necessity that Guatemalans who are currently in the United States can remain, and will not be deported, under this temporary protection mechanism,’ Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo wrote in a letter. Brolo handed U.S. Ambassador William Popp official correspondence in which President Alejandro Giammattei requested so-called temporary protected status (TPS) for its citizens, the statement said.”

Familias del Valle de Sula comienzan a regresar a sus devastados hogares
Radio Progreso, 11 de noviembre de 2020
“Los estragos por las inundaciones provocadas por el fenómeno natural Eta, son incalculables. A medida la inundación baja en las diversas comunidades del Valle de Sula, las familias comienzan a regresar a sus hogares donde se encuentran con escenarios tristes: perdieron todas sus pertenencias. En la mayoría de los sectores piden el restablecimiento de los servicios del agua potable, retirar el lodo de las calles. Mientras en otros exigen el restablecimiento de la energía eléctrica”.

Guatemala ends rescue operations at deadly landslide site
Al Jazeera, November 11, 2020
“President Alejandro Giammattei on Friday indicated that up to 150 people could have been buried in the Queja landslide, but CONRED’s own figures show eight confirmed deaths in Queja, while another 88 people are missing in the village. CONRED said it was suspending the search for bodies due to continued risks at the site in accordance with international protocols. Search teams had located eight victims before the effort was halted. David de Leon, spokesman for the agency, said the area was very unstable and the soils saturated.”

Eta: “Se ha sobrepasado la capacidad de respuesta”, dice Conred, mientras que gobierno hace llamado para ayuda internacional
Oscar García, Prensa Libre, 11 de noviembre de 2020
“El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Minex) informó respecto de un llamamiento internacional que hace Guatemala para hacer frente al impacto ocasionado por el paso de la depresión tropical Eta que dejó más de 700 mil personas damnificadas y afectadas. También un saldo trágico de 45 fallecidos y 96 desaparecidos, además de 15 heridos, así como miles de viviendas con daños de distinto tipo e infraestructura y cultivos destruidos”.

Hurricane Eta Ravages Honduras
Seth Berry, El Faro, November 11, 2020
“Makeshift refugee camps of displaced people have popped up all over San Pedro Sula—some underneath overpasses, on sidewalks, and even taking over entire lanes of the major highway outside of La Lima, the community hit the hardest by flooding. The government response has been slow, dogged by the strain of the pandemic, but also by lack of action and corruption. No preventative measures had been taken, and an evacuation order wasn’t given until the day after the flooding began. Rumors of embezzlement of aid packages are circulating. Independent organizations, individual Hondurans, and the U.S. military have assumed the brunt of the relief work, from helicopter and boat rescue work to handing out food and hygiene products to the newly homeless.”

‘Everything buried in mud’: Hurricane Eta’s devastating blow to Honduras
Jeff Ernst, The Guardian, November 11, 2020
“Economists believe the loss could be greater even than that inflicted in 1998 by Hurricane Mitch, the most destructive storm to ever hit Central America and the second most deadly Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. The brunt of the damage caused by Mitch was borne by the capital city of Tegucigalpa and the south of the country. This time, however, the epicentre of the destruction is near the north coast, around San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city and economic motor, home to more than 2 million people.”

‘The Ixil helping the Ixil’: Indigenous people in Guatemala lead their own Hurricane Eta response
Sandra Cuffe, The New Humanitarian, November 10, 2020
“On 10 November, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was calling the situation in the region a ‘major humanitarian crisis’ and announcing a large-scale aid response, but many communities have so far been left to fend for themselves. In Guatemala, spontaneous initiatives provided a lot of the immediate support to rural areas and people long marginalised by the central authorities: from mutual aid in the rural Indigenous villages of Nebaj to women’s movements in Guatemala City.”

Honduras suma 57 muertos y ocho desaparecidos por depresión tropical Eta
El Nacional, 9 de noviembre de 2020
“Honduras elevó este lunes a 57 el número de víctimas mortales por la depresión tropical Eta, mientras las autoridades de protección civil reportan ocho desaparecidos y más de 1,8 millones de personas afectadas por los efectos del ciclón. La estatal Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (Copeco) de Honduras confirmó hoy en un boletín que en las últimas horas fueron localizadas 31 nuevas víctimas como consecuencia de las inundaciones y derrumbes que dejó Eta a su paso por el país centroamericano, sin precisar detalles de las víctimas”.

Solidarity among Hondurans in wake of Hurricane Eta
Melissa Vida, Global Voices, November 9, 2020
“In Honduras, 1.6 million people have been affected and thousands are in need of shelters. On the ground, people are feeling a ‘combination of anguish, indignation, and solidarity’, according to Maite Matheu, Honduras’ country director for the humanitarian organization CARE. Speaking with Global Voices by phone from the capital Tegucigalpa, she said, ‘There is quite a lot of solidarity among Hondurans, among families, people helping other families get them out of the water, even the little animals.’ Matheu explained that there is a pervasive feeling of indignation because Honduras — like the rest of Central America — saw the hurricane weather forecasts a week before the storm hit the ground. Yet, it appears that the state did not take preventive measures, or evacuate people ahead of time.”

Hondurans lose critical health services after Hurricane Eta tears through Central America
UNFPA, Reliefweb, November 8, 2020
“Today, nine out of 18 departments have been affected. There are an estimated 3.3 million women and children living in those affected departments; they now face disruptions to critical health services. In the hard-hit department of Cortés, for instance, most health facilities have been closed due to damage, injuries among health personnel and blocked roads. Officials say the storm is also significantly affecting food security, livelihoods and education across the region. Women and girls face the additional threat of gender-based violence; vulnerability to violence often increases in humanitarian settings.”

¿De Quién Es La Responsabilidad Política, Civil Y Penal De Esta Nueva Tragedia Causada Por El Huracán Eta?
Joaquín Mejía, Radio Progreso, 7 de noviembre de 2020
“En particular, la obligación de proteger adquiere una enorme relevancia frente a un fenómeno natural como el huracán Eta, debido a sus consecuencias devastadoras para la vida y la propiedad de las personas. Por tanto, el Estado está obligado a protegerlas antes, durante y después del mismo, lo cual conlleva tres responsabilidades concretas: prevenir, reaccionar y reconstruir. La responsabilidad de prevenir implica, por un lado, que el Estado debe implementar un plan de acción que reduzca el impacto de un fenómeno natural, especialmente en los territorios históricamente vulnerables; y, por el otro, que las instituciones como COPECO alerten de forma temprana a las personas sobre la aproximación de un fenómeno natural y disponga de todos los medios necesarios para garantizar su vida e integridad”.

Hurricane Eta Is Making a Bad Situation in Honduras Even Worse
Jeff Ernst, VICE, November 6, 2020
“‘In Honduras we have a saying that ‘it rains when it’s wet,’ said Ismael Zepeda, an economist at the local think tank FOSDEH. ‘In the end it’s like having a double crisis without having a government that can respond to the first, much less the second.’ The total economic loss caused by Eta could surpass 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), said Zepeda. But the immediate concern is to save lives. So far, official counts of fatalities from the hurricane have remained low. But rising water levels and a slow government response has left countless more like Guerrero vulnerable.”

Eta’s drenching rains in Honduras evoke memory of Hurricane Mitch
La Prensa Latina, November 5, 2020
“No family or corner of Honduras was spared the wrath of Mitch, which left the country in a state of calamity and completely incommunicado. The damage caused by Eta is of a lower magnitude, but material losses are comparable in areas hit by the heaviest rains. According to preliminary reports from Honduras’ Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco), Eta has destroyed at least nine bridges and left 41 communities incommunicado.”

COVID-19

General

COVID-19 in Latin America: a humanitarian crisis
The Lancet, November 7, 2020
“A regional approach may help, but is under threat. While the Latin American Alliance for Global Health facilitates cooperation among academics in the region, national governments have left the PAHO at risk of insolvency through a lack of solidarity. It is imperative that Latin American countries work to strengthen PAHO. There is also a role for the global health community. Historically, middle income coun- tries, including many in Latin America, have been overlooked in global health. There is an African CDC, but no Latin American CDC, for example. Many global health experts in Latin America feel that the region is too often neglected. To deal with the core drivers of the pandemic in the region, and perhaps to salvage some good from a disaster, global health initiatives need to take Latin America more seriously.”

Education on hold
UNICEF, November 2020
“More than seven months into the pandemic, COVID-19 is putting on hold the education of over 137 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Children in the region have already lost on average four times more days of schooling compared to the rest of the world. While schools are gradually reopening in several parts of the world, the vast majority of classrooms are still closed across the region.  Over one-third of all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have yet to set a date for school reopening.”

United States

US accused of using Covid as excuse to deny children their right to asylum
Jeff Abbott, The Guardian, November 10, 2020
“US authorities have radically accelerated the expulsion of unaccompanied children to Guatemala, but advocates accuse the Trump administration of using the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to rob vulnerable youngsters of asylum protections enshrined in US and international law. Since tighter migration controls were announced in March, the US has deported more than 1,400 unaccompanied minors to Guatemala, according to data from the Guatemalan Migration Institute. A total of 407 children were expelled in October alone.”

Guatemala

Medical Teams International Awarded $1.35 Million by USAID for Guatemala COVID-19 Emergency Response
Reliefweb, November 6, 2020
“The $1.35 million, plus an additional $50,000 in private funding, will support Medical Teams’ work in a severely impacted suburb, Mixco, just outside of Guatemala City. The Mixco municipality has one of the nation’s highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and currently no other NGOs are responding to the disease there. Medical Teams aims to reach nearly 126,000 people, and its 6-month project will run from August 2020 through January 2021.”

Cash Sent From the US Is Guatemala’s Lifeline During the Pandemic
Jeff Abbott, VICE, November 10, 2020
“Guatemalans living and working in the U.S. are sending home more money than ever, providing a lifeline for families struggling through the COVID pandemic and the devastating effects of climate change. ‘The remittances [money sent home] are arriving to fill the gap created by the collapse of the informal economy, the collapse of the local economy due to the pandemic, and the lack of other assistance from the Guatemalan state,’ Pedro Pablo Solares, a lawyer and analyst, told VICE News.”

Honduras

Varios damnificados dan positivo a la COVID-19 en refugio de la zona norte
Sobeida Barahona, Radio America, 7 de noviembre de 2020
“Tras el paso de la depresión tropical Eta por el territorio hondureño, cientos de albergues fueron habilitados para atender la emergencia nacional. Miles de damnificados fueron trasladados a los diferentes albergues luego de haber perdido sus viviendas, no obstante, la pandemia del coronavirus sigue presente en el país, lo que refiere un grave peligro aún para la población. En las últimas horas se ha informado que al menos 21 personas damnificadas en Expocentro dieron positivo en las pruebas que detectan el virus”.

U.S. Enforcement

Migrant smugglers see boost from U.S. pandemic border policy
Laura Gottesdiener, Sarah Kinosian, Reuters, November 12, 2020
“Salgado said he has never seen people cycle through as repeatedly as he has in recent months, after the United States began expelling almost all migrants caught on the Mexican border rather than returning them to their homelands. Now, human smugglers often attempt to get migrants back across the border the very same day they are deported, he said.”

Biden plans sweeping reversal of Trump’s immigration agenda, from deportations to asylum policy
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, November 11, 2020
“After Mr. Biden is sworn-in in January, his administration will move to fully restore an Obama-era program that shields 640,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, halting Mr. Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to end it, people familiar with the plans told CBS News. The incoming administration also intends to rescind Mr. Trump’s travel and immigration restrictions on 13 mostly African or predominantly Muslim countries. Mr. Biden will look to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations while his administration issues guidance narrowing who can be arrested by immigration agents.”

Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Say They Face Violent Persecution Upon Deportation
John Washington, The Nation, November 9, 2020
“In the end, Giscard and 56 other Cameroonians were deported on October 13, sent back to a country in which they allege their very lives could be in danger. Perhaps most troubling for the future of other detainees currently awaiting deportation, advocates claim these removals were part of an election-season rush to deport as many as possible before a new administration can take over in Washington. Dozens of Cameroonians currently in ICE detention could be deported as soon as Tuesday.”

Estados Unidos deporta 135 niños a la semana
David Toro, Prensa Comunitaria KM169, 7 de noviembre de 2020
“Hasta el 5 de noviembre, un total de 37 mil 521 personas fueron deportadas a Guatemala desde México vía terrestre y aérea desde Estados Unidos. La cantidad de deportaciones se incrementó de manera considerable en agosto y el Servicio de Control de INmigracion y Aduanas (ICE) pasó de enviar 7 vuelos en junio a 14 de agosto a 27 vuelos en octubre, con un promedio de 135 menores de edad deportados semanalmente”.

Deportaron a varias mujeres que denunciaron esterilizaciones forzosas en Georgia
Univision, 11 de noviembre de 2020
“El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE) ya deportó a seis de las mujeres que denunciaron haber sido sometidas a procedimientos ginecológicos invasivos e innecesarios en un centro de detención de inmigrantes en Georgia, reportó la agencia The Associated Press (AP). Los abogados de las denunciantes aseguran que el gobierno sigue intentando deportar a otras mujeres implicadas y al menos otras siete de las que denunciaron lo ocurrido en el centro de detención de Ocilla, en el condado de Irwin, Georgia, recibieron una notificación de que pronto podrían ser expulsadas del país”.

Revertir efectos de la crueldad contra la niñez migrante
Celia Medrano, El Mundo, noviembre 2020
“La implementación de políticas como ‘Tolerancia Cero’ ha sido crueldad, crueldad en su más alta forma, como lo ha descrito recientemente el Papa Francisco. La reversión de este tipo de políticas debe ser una de las primeras acciones a impulsar por Joe Biden, incluso antes de asumir formalmente su mandato en enero próximo. Así lo demandan 545 niñas y niños migrantes que han sufrido en carne propia la crueldad hecha política en los Estados Unidos. Ellos y ellas deben ser prioridad. Hacerlo así podrá darnos los primeros indicadores de que es lo que podremos esperar, en hechos concretos, de un nuevo ciclo de gobierno en Estados Unidos al mando nuevamente del partido demócrata”.

Under Trump asylum policy, hundreds of Cubans remain locked up in US detention centers
Daniel Gonzalez, AZ Central, November 9, 2020
“Except for a few high-profile cases involving well-known Cuban political dissidents, ‘you don’t hear a kind of a general sort of cry, a preoccupation for the plight of Cuban migrants in general, many of whom are having a tough time passing that that very high bar that it takes to get formal asylum, which is now really their only option,’ Bustamante said. Unlike previous waves of Cuban migrants who arrived by boat in Florida, many Cuban Americans in Florida likely remain unaware of the plight of Cuban migrants locked up in detention centers in Arizona and other border states, Bustamante said.”

TPS Holders Hope Biden Presidency Will Include Path to Citizenship
Jesse Canales, Spectrum News, November 9, 2020
“‘It was painful,’ said Belinda Hanzman, a TPS holder from Honduras. ‘The only hope I had was to change the president.’ ‘Trump won his first election by promising to crack down dramatically and to some degree on legal immigration,’ University of Central Florida political science professor Aubrey Jewett said. Jewett said President-elect Biden’s policies would include a way to aid TPS holders.”

Migrants in Mexican tent camp ecstatic but cautiously optimistic awaiting Biden presidency
Sandra Sanchez, Border Report, November 7, 2020
“News spread quickly from tent to tent on Saturday that Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden had been declared the next president by The Associated Press and several major news organizations, defeating Republican President Donald Trump. Biden has said he would dismantle strict immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration, policies that force migrants to live outside the United States, such as in this tent encampment, during their immigration proceedings.”

Biden plans immediate flurry of executive orders to reverse Trump policies
Matt Viser, Seung Min Kim, Annie Linskey, The Washington Post, November 7, 2020
“He will repeal the ban on almost all travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and he will reinstate the program allowing ‘dreamers,’ who were brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain in the country, according to people familiar with his plans. Although transitions of power can always include abrupt changes, the shift from Trump to Biden — from one president who sought to undermine established norms and institutions to another who has vowed to restore the established order — will be among the most startling in American history.”

Migrant Families Were Confused When U.S. Expelled Children Into Mexico
Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times, November 3, 2020
“The transfer was contrary to both U.S. policy and an outstanding diplomatic agreement with Mexico, which do not allow children from other countries who are traveling without adult guardians to be expelled into Mexico. But it is now becoming clear that a number of children have been improperly expelled after the Trump administration shut down the border to most asylum applicants because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Mexican Enforcement

Mexico’s new National Guard is breaking its vow to respect human rights
Duncan Tucker, Amnesty International, November 8, 2020
“Founded last year, the National Guard was supposed to herald an end to the militarized approach to public security that left an estimated 200,000 people dead and tens of thousands missing under Mexico’s last two governments. Upon inspecting a barracks in February 2020, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared it a ‘very important new institution to guarantee peace, but without excesses, without authoritarianism, respecting human rights.’ The early signs suggest this has not been the case. The new force was unable to stop Mexico registering record numbers of murders last year and it stands accused of hundreds of human rights violations, including killing Silva and wounding her husband.”

Guardia Nacional: impecable e imbatible
Ernesto López Portillo, Animal Politico, 9 de noviembre de 2020
“Apenas se informó de más de 200 quejas por violaciones a los derechos humanos acumuladas contra la GN entre enero y septiembre de 2020, a lo cual la propia institución respondió reconociendo 178 quejas, si bien discutiendo su validez. Y justo cuando Durazo andaba en tour de medios, la CNDH emitió la primera recomendación dirigida a él, justamente por abusos de la GN contra migrantes cometidos en enero de 2020, incluyendo entre las víctimas a niños, niñas y adolescentes, a quienes representantes de la institución atacaron  con piedras, toletes y escudos. Por lo demás, como se ha informado, hay personal de la GN bajo investigación por homicidio, a propósito de hechos sucedidos en Chihuahua”.

Root Causes

Honduras: Regional Court Hears Trans Murder Case
Human Rights Watch, November 11, 2020
“The court has scheduled a hearing on November 11, 2020 in the case of Vicky Hernández, a transgender woman killed on the streets of San Pedro Sula in 2009. The petitioners allege, among other things, that Honduras bears responsibility for her death and that in failing to conduct a meaningful investigation into her murder, Honduras violated her right to life under the American Convention on Human Rights.”

OACNUDH condena el asesinato de Mía Zabala, octava mujer trans asesinada en 2020 
OACNUDH, 10 de noviembre de 2020
“‘El atroz asesinato de Mia Zabala debio haber sido prevenido a traves de acciones dirigidas a garantizar el derecho a la vida de las personas trans en Honduras. La Oficina que represento esta profundamente preocupada por la estigmatización, discriminación y violencia por motivos de orientación sexual  y de identidad de género de la que son victimas las personas LGBTI en el pais’, dijo Isabel Albaladejo Escribano, Representante de OACNUDH en Honduras”.

El Salvador President Faces Probe Over Search for Wartime Massacre Files
Nelson Renteria, US News, November 9, 2020
“A court in El Salvador has asked the prosecutor’s office to investigate whether President Nayib Bukele and his defense minister blocked a judicial inspection of military archives aimed at uncovering evidence of a massacre in 1981. According to a court document released on Monday, the inspection was connected to a probe of the killing of nearly 1,000 people, around half of them children, in El Mozote during the country’s civil war to bring justice for the victims.”

The hidden connection between a US steel company and the controversial Los Pinares mine in Honduras
Jennifer Ávila, Danielle Mackey, Univision, November 9, 2020
“Discreetly and without public announcement, the largest steel producer in the United States, the Nucor Corporation, spent at least four years associated with an iron mine in Honduras under fire for its presumed persecution of social leaders who are protesting the ecological damage the mine may cause in protected land, according to documents obtained through a cross-border journalism collaboration between Contracorriente, the Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística(CLIP) and the Univision Investigative Unit.”

Yet Another Presidential Candidate in Honduras Accused of Embezzlement 
Héctor Silva Ávalos, InSight Crime, November 6, 2020
“Javier Santos, the head of Honduras’ Specialized Prosecutor’s Unit Against Corruption (Unidad Fiscal Especializada contra la Corrupcion — UFERCO) said on Twitter that there is overwhelming evidence that 28 million lempiras (about $1.2 million) were diverted from municipal coffers.”

Dispossession, Resistance and Solidarity in Central America 
Heather Gies, NACLA, November 5, 2020
“Two more decades on, the conditions that gave rise to Central America’s conflicts persist, while the promises of postwar peace and democracy have fallen flat. Interventionist U.S. foreign policies wrapped in the rhetoric of stemming migration, waging wars on drugs, and stoking development continue to enable militarization, human rights abuses and displacement.”

Honduras ya registra 22, 199 casos de dengue
El Heraldo, 5 de noviembre de 2020
“El zancudo Aedes aegypti ha afectado a 22,199 hondureños transmitiendoles el virus del dengue. De ese total de casos, 20,539 personas han sido atendidas sin signos de alarma y 1,660 casos hospitalizados por dengue grave, antes llamado hemorrágico”.

Actions, Alerts, and Resources

A New Way Forward: Strengthening the Protection Landscape in Mexico 
Refugees International, November 12, 2020
“Strengthening the protection system would serve the dual purpose of providing a more fair and transparent process for asylum seekers and enabling Mexico to better manage the increasing number of asylum applications it receives. This is particularly important as migration from Central America and other regions is likely to be the norm for years to come, and trends indicate asylum claims will only increase.”

Immediate Priorities for the Protection of Immigrant Children
Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, etc., November 11, 2020
“The next administration must quickly outline its commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of immigrant children. As a coalition of organizations dedicated to children’s rights, safety, health and development, we recommend immediate action on the following issues. We also call on the next administration to mandate that government actors consider the best interests of the child—including their expressed wishes, safety, family integrity, liberty, development, and identity—and support legislation to create such a mandate in federal law.”

ICE Air Flights, October and October 2020 Year to Date
Tom Cartwright, Witness at the Border, November 6, 2020
“We believe that the significant increase in deportation/expulsion (deportation) flights over the last two months of 26(37%) in September and 33 (34%) in October are closely related to an increase in the Title 42 (CDC Order) expulsions by air.”

Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Increasingly Detained, Denied Asylum Under Trump Administration
Human Rights First, November 6, 2020
“Refugees from Cameroon are fleeing what the U.S. State Department human rights reports describe as egregious human rights violations, including torture, carried out by Cameroonian government officials, police, and armed forces, the continued persecution of women and LGBTQ persons, and seroius abuses committed by armed groups. As of September 2020, more than 3,000 Cameroonians- the vast majority of them likely asylum seekers – were awaiting U.S. immigration court hearings.”

Thwarted Potential
Kids In Need of Defense, November 5, 2020
“From its inception in December 2014, the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program (CAM) provided an important lifeline for many Central American children at risk of persecution or other violence, whose parents were lawfully present in the United States…The program also allowed certain family members to accompany the child to the United States.”

* The 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.