New Era in Immigration Enforcement at the U.S. Southwest Border

December 17, 2014

12/16/2014 Migration Policy Institute

fence at borderThis year marked a transition to a new chapter in the United States’ three decade-long effort to limit illegal immigration across the Southwest border. Previously, border crossers were primarily Mexican men pursuing employment, with most attempting entry in Arizona and California. The flow has increasingly shifted to Southeast Texas and from predominantly Mexican to majority Central American since 2012, with a rising share of children and families included in the stream. That trend was sharply underscored in the late spring and summer of 2014, with the surge in arrivals of unaccompanied children and parents with young children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Josefina Vázquez Mota Named Public Policy Scholar at Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute

December 10, 2014

Foto Libro JVM

November 7, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has announced the appointment of Josefina Vázquez Mota as a Public Policy Scholar with the Mexico Institute. Vázquez Mota will work closely with the Mexico Institute on issues of the border, migration, and migrants through her project “DREAMers: the Next Dream.” Her work will focus on sharing stories of struggle and success of young Mexicans who came to the United States as children and now have become beneficiaries of DACA and strong supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. The project will gather those stories and analyze their impact on public policy on both sides of the border.

“Josefina Vázquez Mota has been one of the most important figures in Mexican politics for over a decade, and her knowledge and experience will provide the Wilson Center with a strong foundation as we look towards the mid-elections in 2015. Moreover, her passion for increasing public understanding of immigrants and their role in society will be invaluable to us during her stay as the Mexico Institute continues its mission to provide insight and analysis into the most important issues in the bilateral relationship,” said Duncan Wood, Director of the Mexico Institute.

Read the full press release here.


UN Pushes for Migrants to Be Called Refugees

July 8, 2014

7/8/14 ABC News

hand over fenceUnited Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum.

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees.

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U.S. Protesters Turn Away Buses Carrying Migrant Families

July 2, 2014

7/2/14 ABC News

US flagHomeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Anti-immigration gang moves goalposts

February 3, 2014

factoryThe Washington Post, 2/3/14

The anti-immigration crowd, including a couple of prominent dead-tree conservative weeklies, have let the cat out of the bag. When the immigration reform bill was making its way through the Senate, the argument went, “We’re not opposed to any immigration bill, it’s just this one.” The triggers were too weak or the security measures couldn’t be verified. It was always something. Another variation was: “We favor immigration reform, but not a path to citizenship.” It seems they were not being candid or at the very least have moved the goalposts.

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Immigration Reform Bill 2013: Obama Says Piecemeal Is A Deal

November 20, 2013

President Barack Obama

International Business Times, 11/20/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama, who largely stayed on the sidelines as Congress attempted to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, said on Tuesday that he’s open to the idea of House Republicans taking a piecemeal approach to passing the legislation.

Obama signaled his willingness to work with Republicans as high-ranking members of the House GOP insisted that they have a full plate for the remainder of the year and that a reform bill is dead in 2013.

Latin Migrants Shift Sights From U.S. to Neighbors

November 20, 2013

latin_americaThe Wall Street Journal, 11/19/2013

It sounds like the typical American dream for an immigrant: Each month, Marco Antonio Serna sends $500 to his parents, wife and 17-year-old daughter back in Colombia. Except Mr. Serna, 43 years old, didn’t migrate to the U.S. for work; he went to Chile, where he is employed at a small casino outside Santiago. “There’s a big community of Colombians here,” the former factory worker says.

In a noticeable and important shift in global migratory patterns, millions of migrant workers are no longer relying on the U.S. as heavily as they did for better-paying jobs that allowed them to send money home to families in Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Instead, they have moved more to developing economies, creating a shift in money transfers out of countries like Chile, Brazil and Malaysia.

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