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The Forgotten Border: Migration and Human Rights at Mexico’s Southern Border

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The nature of transborder migration and human rights violations against migrants at Mexico’s southern border has received scant attention. The Forgotten Border: Migration & Human Rights at Mexico’s Southern Border sheds light on the abuse and exploitation experienced by many transmigrants as they journey northward, as well as trends in Mexico’s practices regarding immigration and border enforcement policies.

The nature of transborder migration and human rights violations against migrants at Mexico’s southern border has received scant attention. The Forgotten Border: Migration & Human Rights at Mexico’s Southern Border sheds light on the abuse and exploitation experienced by many transmigrants as they journey northward, as well as trends in Mexico’s practices regarding immigration and border enforcement policies.

In 2008, the U.S. Congress will consider giving $1 billion in assistance to Mexico as part of the “Merida Initiative.” As programs in this aid package are framed as support for human interdiction, border security and law enforcement activities, it is critical that policymakers and advocates gain a clearer understanding of the broader context in which human rights abuses take place in Mexico’s southern border region to ensure that U.S. policy, and in particular, the Merida Initiative, does not aggravate a precarious situation any further.

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