Thrust to the epicenter of one of the most incandescent political battles in the United States today, unaccompanied migrant children are, evidently, an unequivocal symptom of the socio-economic and institutional breakdown in the poorest regions from which they come. Not only that, but their presence also highlights the types of societies they choose as their… Continue »

Convertidos en el epicentro de una de las batallas políticas más candentes del momento en Estados Unidos, los menores migrantes no acompañados son, evidentemente, un síntoma inequívoco de la descomposición socioeconómica e institucional de las regiones más empobrecidas de donde provienen. Pero no solo eso, pues su presencia también pone en evidencia el tipo de… Continue »

In a series of congressional delegations going to the border and on relentless appearances on right wing media, Republicans are stoking fear and playing politics over immigration. They do not acknowledge that the vast majority of migrants are being kept out or that the ones who are being let in are mostly children in need… Continue »

Republicans head to the border to score political points, while the solutions to the regional migration challenges reside in the region south of the border There is a crisis. It’s in Central America. The failure of governments in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to provide for their citizens has caused yet another increase in arrivals… Continue »

It’s certainly symptomatic to see how the combined narratives on the topic of immigration show the true intentions of those addressing the situation of thousands of immigrants who, even in this century, consider the United States to be their only salvation. The contrasts, of course, are evident, especially trying to resolve this problem from a… Continue »

In a bizarre tweet early Monday morning, John Cornyn stated that President Biden has “emphasized the humane treatment of immigrants, regardless of their legal status” in reference to those seeking asylum at our border. Although the sentiments are far from shocking considering Cornyn’s voting record on immigration, most members of the GOP generally make at… Continue »

“Blow past them, Democrats. Blow past them again.”   Democrats are on the verge of signing into law the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package. Meanwhile, Republicans are giving new meaning to the term “opposition party.” Some key points: Democrats pass major legislation and move to pass popular legislation on multiple fronts. Republicans talk about Dr. Seuss… Continue »

The Biden Administration Should Urgently Designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua Reuters reports that the United Nations World Food Programme released a new study citing that millions across Central America are facing “emergency level food insecurity” as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue »

A recording of the call is available here.   Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates convened for a deep dive into Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, introduced to Congress by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38), that discussed the implications of the bill and signaled a call to action for commitment… Continue »

A new regional strategy needs a more sophisticated set of metrics   Every month, CBP issues monthly border apprehension statistics. Typically, it sets off a round of breathless media coverage. Upticks generate stories of a coming “crisis” or “wave.” Downticks are evaluated as “success.”  We question whether border apprehensions data are the best measures of… Continue »