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Migration News Brief 3.5.21

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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.



COVID-19 And Climate Shocks Driving Dramatic Increase In Hunger In Latin America, New Studies Find
Cision, March 4, 2021
“One of the most critical areas is known as the Dry Corridor, which extends from Nicaragua to Guatemala and includes parts of El Salvador and Honduras, where the World Food Program says at least 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance. Action Against Hunger and its partners surveyed thousands of households in this region in October and November 2020. In one sample of 3,700 homes, 86% of families were experiencing food insecurity.”

El muy previsible circo de las vacunaciones VIP
Diego Fonseca, New York Times, 3 de marzo de 2021
“Los vacunatorios VIP —en las redes les llaman “Circovid”, remedando la canción “Circo Beat” de Fito Páez— refuerzan la idea bien o mal extendida de que el acceso a la función pública no es para servir sino para servirse. Es indigesto observar funcionarios que asumen su posición como un privilegio de casta que los encarama por encima del ciudadano medio. El ejercicio prebendario y nepótico, el uso del poder para favorecer a la facción, lleva décadas de cultivo en América Latina”.


Honduras inmuniza personal de primera línea tras donativo de Israel
Radio América, 26 de febrero de 2021
“La vacunación en esta primera etapa dio inicio a partir de las 8:00 de la mañana en cuatro regionales a nivel nacional (Tegucigalpa, Cortés, Choluteca y Copán). La aplicación de las primeras vacunas en San Pedro Sula se llevaron a cabo en las instalaciones de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma en el Valle de Sula, norte de Honduras. En el acto estuvo presente el viceministro de Salud, Roberto Cosenza, demás autoridades regionales y veedores a cargo del Plan Nacional de Vacunación”.

Honduras alcanza los 168 mil 911 contagiados y 4 mil 117 fallecidos por COVID-19
Proceso Digital, 26 de febrero de 2021
“El Sistema Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos (Sinager), reportó que Honduras alcanzó este viernes los 168 mil 911 infectados y cuatro mil 117 decesos por COVID-19. El Laboratorio de Virología confirmó las muertes de 18 personas: Seis procedentes del Distrito Central, tres de San Pedro Sula, dos de Siguatepeque, dos en San Lorenzo, uno en Nacaome, uno en Nueva Entrada, uno en Comayagua, uno en La Paz y uno en Quimistán. Asimismo, se informó que se detectaron 668 resultados positivos de dos mil 120 pruebas PCR procesadas”.


Lopez Obrador to virtually meet Biden, ask for vaccine ‘loan’
Al Jazeera, March 1, 2021
“On Monday, Lopez Obrador alluded that he had already made the request, without citing when. On January 30, Mexican media outlet Proceso reported that Lopez Obrador had asked Biden for vaccines during a phone call, shortly after Biden took office. ‘We want to receive a response about a request that we made,’ Lopez Obrador said in response to a journalist’s question on Monday, ‘and if President Biden would consider it, that he could give us a response about vaccination during our meeting.’ White House Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that President Biden is not considering loaning Mexico vaccines.”

Mexico is vaccinating its poorest citizens first — against the advice of health experts
Kevin Sieff, Paulina Villegas, The Washington Post, February 26, 2021
“As debate rages around the world about who should be vaccinated first, Mexico has come up with its own unconventional approach — one with no apparent epidemiological foundation. The government of populist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who campaigned on the slogan “First, the poor,” is prioritizing the country’s most disadvantaged citizens, using the vaccine as a kind of reparation for years of marginalization.”

U.S. Enforcement

Biden Risks Border Crisis as Migrant Kids Fill Up Shelters
Jordan Fabian, Jennifer Epstein, Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg, March 4, 2021
“By late February, the number of minors in custody had risen to 7,000, a sign that the influx isn’t abating. About 90% of shelter capacity was occupied, stretched not only by the influx of migrants but also by space restrictions due to the pandemic, according to a congressional aide familiar with the administration’s briefings.”

Greyhound Asks U.S. Government for Emergency Funds to Transport Migrants
Mimi Dwyer, U.S. News, March 4, 2021
“The letter, signed by Greyhound CEO David S. Leach and provided to Reuters by Democratic Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, also asks that immigration authorities provide ‘100% assurance’ that no migrant released who may ride a Greyhound bus have COVID-19, and asks that they arrive at bus terminals carrying proof of a negative test. U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not currently test migrants before release. In recent weeks it has released thousands of migrant families from custody, Cuellar said, mostly in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.”

House Democrats introduce bill providing citizenship to Dreamers
Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, March 3, 2021
“The legislation provides a path to citizenship for 2.5 million people, including those given Temporary Protected Status, some who came to the U.S. as early as the 1990s. It also would apply to those granted a Deferred Enforcement Departure, which allows people to remain in the U.S. beyond their initial authorization due to conditions in their home country. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Wednesday that the House would consider a number of immigration bills the week of March 15.”

Biden wants to halt deportations. Here’s what happens when migrants are sent back.
David Dow, Juan Tellez, Mateo Villamizar Chaparro, Erik Wibbels, The Washington Post, March 3, 2021
“Deportees arrive with almost no Guatemalan government support. Once the plane lands, deportees pass through immigration and are received by a confusing mix of civil society organizations, taxi drivers and gang recruiters outside the airport before simply walking out into Guatemala City, a place that only 5 percent of our sample call home. A few have family or friends waiting for them, but the vast majority are far from home, lonely, without resources and facing difficult choices about where to go next.”

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger Hamed Aleaziz, Buzzfeed News, March 2, 2021
“Department of Homeland Security officials acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants ‘may face harm’ upon returning to their home country due to violent crime and the political instability that has rocked the country in recent months, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. The political instability in Haiti, which has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks after the opposition party’s calls for the president to step down failed, has created another dilemma for the Biden administration’s goals to slowly roll back former president Donald Trump’s immigration policies while at the same time relying on some of them to prevent people from entering the US at the southern border.”

Without new TPS protections, Biden’s immigration bill will exclude Black immigrants
Joe Penney, Sahelien, March 1, 2021
“‘The fratricidal war currently taking place in Anglophone Cameroon and the indiscriminate arrest, detention and torture in that part of the country underscore the legitimate fears of asylum seekers from Cameroon about their safety, should they be deported from the United States back to their homes in the conflict zones,’ said Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, senior associate for Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can classify a country for TPS if there is an ‘ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war), an environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions’ that ‘temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.’ Currently, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan are the only African countries on the TPS list. Liberia qualifies for DED, a classification made by the President.”from entering the US at the southern border.”

Biden To Allow Some Separated Migrant Families To Reunite In The United States
Franco Ordonez, NPR, March 1, 2021
“Reuniting the families is one of the Biden administration’s top priorities, something Mayorkas described as a ‘moral imperative.’ During former President Donald Trump’s time in office, more than 5,500 migrant children were separated from their parents when they entered the country, and more than 1,400 parents were ultimately deported without their children. ‘We are hoping to reunite the families either here or in the country of origin,’ Mayorkas said, explaining the government hopes to give migrants the choice.”

Biden Seeks Help on Border From Mexican President
Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Michael D. Shear, New York Times, March 1, 2021
“Facing an uptick of illegal migrant crossings at some parts of the southwestern border, Mr. Biden is now hoping that Mr. López Obrador will become a partner in preventing another cycle of out-of-control migration from Central America, but that he will do so without resorting to the full range of policies Mr. Trump embraced. The Mexican president appeared open to collaboration, issuing a joint statement committing to address climate change, the pandemic and migration north. Despite campaigning against Mr. Trump’s policies, Mr. Biden wants one of the same things from the Mexican president that his predecessor did: help in keeping Central American migrants from immediately surging north toward the United States through Mexico.”

Processing of asylum seekers expands at US-Mexico border
María Verza, AP News, March 1, 2021
“A week after the U.S. government began processing those with active cases made to wait in Mexico during the Trump administration at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, the process expanded this week to the Matamoros-Brownsville crossing and Friday to Ciudad Juarez-El Paso. A camp of migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros was a particular priority for the Biden administration and Mexico. It holds about 750 people now, but the city is dangerous and camp residents were hard hit by frigid winter weather that affected Texas and northern Mexico this month.”

Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status could be offered a path to U.S. citizenship
D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center, March 1, 2021
“About 400,000 U.S. immigrants from 10 countries currently have TPS, which offers a reprieve from deportation for those who fled designated nations because of war, hurricanes, earthquakes or other extraordinary conditions that could make it dangerous for them to live there. Federal immigration officials may grant TPS status to immigrants for up to 18 months initially based on conditions in their home countries and may repeatedly extend eligibility if dangerous conditions persist.”

Homeland Security chief urges patience with “stressful challenge” along U.S.-Mexico border
Nicole Sganga, CBS News, March 1, 2021
“U.S. officials along the southern border took roughly 2,000 migrant children into custody last week, according to government data reviewed by CBS News. Nearly 400 children were taken into custody on Friday alone. In January, the last month for which statistics are available, the Office of Refugee Resettlement received more than 4,000 unaccompanied children from immigration officials, a 19% increase from December.”

Biden administration scrambles to expand housing space for migrant children amid sharp increase in border apprehensions
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, March 1, 2021
“State-licensed U.S. shelters and foster homes for migrant children were directed to ‘review their ability to open up additional beds’ by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) branch responsible for housing unaccompanied minors. According to the refugee office’s memo, the primary objective of reactivating bed space is to prevent unaccompanied children from staying for prolonged periods of time in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facilities, most of which were built to detain adult migrants for short periods of time.”

Biden’s immigration bill faces an uphill battle in Congress, but these parts could find bipartisan support
Hannah Miao, CNBC, February 27, 2021
“Democrats hold thin majorities in both chambers of Congress, and the legislation would require a minimum of 10 Republican votes to defeat a Senate filibuster and move the bill to a final vote on passage. That’s unlikely to happen for this comprehensive bill. Republican lawmakers do not support the broad path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in particular and demand greater border security measures.”

Kids in cages: What family separation was, what happened to the children, and what the Biden administration can do today
Charles Davis, Business Insider, February 26, 2021
“And unfortunately we are still looking for the parents of over 500 children, largely because the names of many of the families that were separated were not given to us until more than a year after the judge ordered the practice stopped. And then the government failed to disclose contact information — phone numbers, and addresses for the families. We have been trying to reach the families with whatever information we have received from the Trump administration, but it’s also required difficult, dangerous, on-the-ground searches in Central America.”

Privacy, immigrant rights groups slam Biden’s ‘smart wall’ proposal
Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, February 25, 2021
“The mammoth immigration bill, which is being spearheaded by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to develop technology and surveillance infrastructure to ‘manage and secure the southern border.’ The Biden administration’s proposal is light on specific systems, but pushes for technology at ports of entry — border crossing points, shipping ports and airports — that can expand the ability to ‘detect illicit activity.’”

Mexican Enforcement

Matamoros to the US: A long journey across a short bridge
Lexie Harrison-Cripps, Al Jazeera, March 4, 2021
“The atmosphere in the camp, always with an edge of violence and danger, worsened during the pandemic which limited the reach of aid workers reluctant to spread the virus. Camp residents faced risks of kidnap and rape. But now, the US Department for Homeland Security had announced that it would be ‘processing’ individuals for entry to the United States, under orders from newly elected US President Joe Biden to restore a ‘safe, orderly and humane immigration system.’”

Más de 7mil hondureños pidieron refugio en México: COMAR
El Heraldo, 3 de marzo de 2021
“La alta cantidad de hondureños que ahora permanecen varados en Tapachula, se originó entre caravana migrantes fallidas y el paso hormiga de centroamericanos por la frontera Guatemala – México. La Comar puntualizó que detrás de Honduras, las nacionalidades que le siguen en el top 5 son Cuba, con mil 376 solicitantes; Haití, con mil 300; El Salvador, con mil 041; y Venezuela, con 805 peticiones. Dicha cifra es alarmante para las autoridades, debido a que en 2020 en todo el año se generaron 15 mil 468 solicitudes de hondureños, pero a escasos dos meses del 2021 las peticiones han alcanzado ya la mitad de lo registrado en todo el año pasado”.

Central American migrants in Mexico travel light but carry heavy loads
Doctors Without Borders, March 1, 2021
“Fewer shelters mean fewer places where they can rest, bathe, eat, and receive medical care. At the mobile clinics run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) along the Mexican migration route, they arrive carrying their few belongings in backpacks or plastic shopping bags. Though most travel light, they are weighed down by the psychological burden of trauma, both in their home countries and on the road.”

Mexican president says he’ll propose labor program to Biden
AP News, February 27, 2021
“Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday he will propose a ‘Bracero’ style immigrant labor program to U.S. President Joe Biden during a video call between the two leaders planned for Monday. The Bracero program allowed Mexicans to temporarily work in the United States to fill labor shortages during World War II and afterward. López Obrador said the U.S. economy needs Mexican workers because of ‘their strength, their youth.’ He suggested he wants permission for 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants to work legally in the United States every year.”

UN agencies begin processing at Matamoros
The UN Refugee Agency, February 24, 2021
“In addition to registration by UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is conducting COVID-19 tests to ensure protection of public health while the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is ensuring humane treatment of children and their families. This action from UN agencies comes at the request of the U.S. and Mexican governments to assist with the re-entry into the United States of an estimated 25,000 people who have active immigration proceedings in the U.S. but were returned to wait in Mexico under the MPP program. Both governments have prioritized the Matamoros camp due to the difficult humanitarian conditions there.”

Root Causes

Central Americans Are Fleeing Bad Governments
Dan Restrepo, Foreign Affairs, March 5, 2021
“On nearly all of the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators, including the effectiveness of government, rule of law, and control of corruption, countries in northern Central America lag well behind even their Latin American and Caribbean peers. And their citizens know it. Around the time the January caravan formed in San Pedro Sula, a public opinion survey revealed that even in a pandemic, an economic collapse, and the disastrous wake of Hurricanes Eta and Iota, more Hondurans—40 percent—identified corruption as the biggest problem facing the country than any other issue.”

Biden Can Revive Latin America’s Most Successful Anti-Corruption Project
Francisco Goldman, The New Yorker, March 4, 2021
“In at least two private meetings in Guatemala, and in phone conversations, Biden reportedly told Pérez Molina that he would withhold a multimillion-dollar U.S. aid package that he was trying to push through Congress if the Guatemalan leader failed to extend the commission’s mandate. Pérez Molina relented and allowed the commission to continue its work. Weeks later, Guatemalan and U.N. investigators accused him of presiding over a vast corruption racket that had received $3.7 million in bribes in a single year.”

Opinion: Biden must end U.S. policy shoring up the corrupt and authoritarian regime in Honduras
Dana Frank, The Washington Post, March 3, 2021
“Biden’s top officials are also proposing a new anti-corruption commission. They want to collaborate with local officials, but they’re choosing to ignore the Honduran attorney general’s own alleged corrupt dealings and record of quashing cases involving drug traffickers and corrupt top officials. Alarmingly, Biden officials also seem to be moving forward to implement a Trump-era agreement to increase intelligence-sharing with the Honduran military and police.”

The Northern Triangle: The world’s epicenter for gender-based violence
Maria Fernanda Bozmoski, Atlantic Council, March 3, 2021
“Gender-based violence, or GBV, is continuing to drive migrants out of the Northern Triangle of Central America. And the pandemic has only made the problem worse. Many consequences of the COVID-19 crisis—lockdowns, the global economic crisis, even increases in alcohol consumption—have exacerbated violence against women at the hands of their partners and family members. While a bill introduced in the US Congress calls upon the secretary of state to implement a new US Strategy for Engagement in Central America that prevents and responds to “endemic levels of sexual, gender-based, and domestic violence” in the region, solutions to gender-based violence must arrive faster than the US legislative process can help advance them.”

UN: Immediately Release Guapinol Defenders & Investigate Those Responsible for Illegal Detention
Guapinol Resiste, March 3, 2021
“After finding that the detention of the eight Guapinol defenders imprisoned for more than 17and 26  months is arbitrary, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urges the Government of Honduras to ‘release the eight defenders immediately’ and to grant them the effective right to compensation and reparation. The Group further called on the government to “conduct a thorough and independent investigation’ into this arbitrariness and to take action against those responsible for it. In addition, the Group asked the State of Honduras to disseminate this opinion ‘by all available means and as widely as possible.’”

Honduran Presidency Allegedly Bribed Journalists Using Taxpayer Money
Jeff Ernst, Vice News, March 3, 2021
“The depths of the Honduran president’s alleged efforts to control the local press was revealed in an indictment leaked yesterday in the Central American nation. The new documents also alleged yet another corruption case to which the family and inner circle of President Juan Orlando Hernández is connected. The allegations outlined in the case involve some $5 million that were funneled from the office of the presidency through front companies to journalists and political elites.”

El Salvador’s Homicide Rate Hit a Historic Low in 2020
Anna-Catherine Brigida, Foreign Policy, March 3, 2021
“On Jan. 27, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced via Twitter that the country had gone 48 hours without a reported homicide—a significant feat. In El Salvador, gangs have exerted control over entire communities for decades through extortion, disappearances, and frequent killings. ‘There is still much to do, two days without homicides doesn’t mean that El Salvador doesn’t still suffer from violence and delinquency,’ Bukele wrote.”

A 5 años del asesinato de Berta Cáceres, sigue búsqueda de justicia y verdad
Radio Progresivo, 3 de marzo de 2021
“Fernández agrego que, previamente, simultáneamente y posteriormente al crimen de Cáceres se desarrollaron una serie de comportamientos por parte de entes del Estado y del sector privado que reflejan notorios actos de corrupción. Resaltó que en medio de la adversidad y la apuesta por la impunidad en el asesinato de Bertita que se hace desde los grupos de poder, el pueblo lenca, el Copinh, la familia de Cáceres y la solidaridad nacional e internacional van arrancando ese anhelo de justicia que tienen en esta causa”.

Honduras: accused mastermind of Berta Cáceres murder to go on trial next month.
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, March 2, 2021
“Castillo, a former Honduran military intelligence officer who trained at the prestigious West Point military academy in New York, is the only person so far charged with masterminding the crime. Lawyers representing the Cáceres family, who will prosecute Castillo alongside the state, will argue that the real masterminds – politically connected dam executives who they allege paid, ordered, benefited from and tried to cover up the murder – have so far been spared prosecution. They will also argue that the murder was a gender hate crime.”

Guatemala begins reshaping court; corruption concerns grow
Sonia Pérez D., The Washington Post, March 2, 2021
“The stakes are so high because the next court will likely decide the fate of politicians accused of corruption like former President Otto Pérez Molina, military officers convicted of crimes against humanity and the potential candidacy of Zury Ríos, daughter of ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, constitutionally banned from running. The Constitutional Court is the last step in Guatemala’s justice system, so the selection process has drawn the attention of not only Guatemalans, but outsiders concerned with the rule of law in the country. Tuesday’s votes were preceded by a handful of arrest orders last week against people directly involved in the process, though for meddling in the selection of judges on other courts.”

Pronunciamiento Publico: Cinco años exigiendo y construyendo justicia.
Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, 2 de marzo de 2021
“La memoria de nuestra compañera Berta Cáceres, la mujer irreverente, luchadora y consciente, nos ha convocado una vez más a recordar su vida y lucha, a denunciar nuevamente que la impunidad se cierne sobre nuestro pueblo cada vez que no hay castigo para quienes cometen horrendos crímenes como del que ella fue víctima. El sistema de justicia hondureño hace sus oídos sordos ante la existencia de numerosa información recabada y de profundas investigaciones de expertas y expertos internacionales que han identificado a los autores intelectuales del crimen y que permanece en los expedientes judiciales. Han transcurrido 1827 días, 1827 amaneceres en los que la luz de la justicia y la verdad se han escapado de la sociedad hondureña porque el sistema judicial evita que haya justicia por el crimen de Berta Cáceres”.

In Honduras, the Right Is Permanently Locking in Its Abortion Ban
Suyapa Portillo, Jacobin, March 1, 2021
“These reforms are a reflection of the Honduran right’s preoccupation with eradicating what neoconservatives around the world call ‘gender ideology,’ a term used to propagate essentialist views of sex as defined along biological and binary lines. In this conservative framing, sexual and reproductive rights, transgender rights, and marriage equality are campaigns whipped up by ideologues that fundamentally go against human nature. The enshrining of these views in the constitution is sure to result in an increase in violence against women in a country facing one of the largest homicide rates in the world, including exorbitant evidence of gender killing.”

El Salvador’s leader wins control of legislature in midterm vote; critics fear rising authoritarianism 
Anna-Catherine Brigida and Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post, March 1, 2021
“With that support, the president could name loyalists to key positions in the independent attorney general’s office and on the Supreme Court without negotiating with the opposition. ‘This would create an even more accelerated process of total control of the government,’ said Celia Medrano, a Salvadoran human rights advocate. Analysts fear Bukele could press for a new constitution that would abolish restrictions on consecutive presidential terms.”

Procurador de Guatemala expresó preocupación por agresiones contra la prensa durante las elecciones en El Salvador 
Milton Rodríguez, El Salvador.com, 1 de marzo de 2021
“La Asociación de Periodistas de El Salvador (APES) dio su primer informe de la observación que llevan de la labor periodística durante el proceso electoral del domingo, y ha dado cuenta de 33 casos de restricción a la prensa entre las 5 y las 3:30 de la tarde. El procurador dijo que una de las cosas buenas que observó en el proceso electoral fue la participación del pueblo salvadoreño”.

Climate Extremes, Food Insecurity and Migration in Central America: A Complicated Nexus
Diego Pons, Migration Policy Institute, February 18, 2021
“The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Climate Policy Initiative reported that in 2017 and 2018 just 1.7 percent of climate finance reached smallholder agriculturalists in developing countries around the world. Some small farmers who can no longer piece together a living from their own earnings and crop yields suffer food insecurity. For some, migration, typically to the United States, has become a last-resort adaptation strategy.”

La esperanza para las mujeres de la familia de Keyla estaba afuera de Honduras
Vienna Herrera, Contra Corriente, 26 de febrero de 2021
“Doña Norma decidió migrar a España para que sus dos hijas menores, Keyla y Nancy pudieron estudiar en la universidad pública en Tegucigalpa. Antes de irse, trabajaba vendiendo ropa los fines de semana en San Francisco de Opalaca, a 48 kilómetros de La Esperanza. En España, laboraba ocho horas diarias en trabajos de limpieza”.

Actions, Alerts, and Resources

VIDEO: Biden Is Deporting Hundreds of Haitians While the County is in Chaos 
VICE News, March 1, 2021
“Despite a promised moratorium on deportations, nearly 1,000 Haitians were deported in the month of February. VICE News is on they round, amid violent political clashes, as the latest repatriation flight landed.”

Community Support for Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System
American Immigration Council, February 26, 2021
“The results of a voluntary survey conducted in November and December 2020 underscore that a strong footprint of community-based service capacity exists around the country. It provides a window into foundational capacity that can be scaled up and in which the government should invest to help move the U.S. immigration system away from its reliance on mass detention.”


* 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.