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Surge continues but not as many Central American migrants reaching U.S.

Eric L. Olson

Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin America Program, is quoted on measures to slow illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America to the United States


Eric Olson is associate director of the Latin America Program at the Wilson Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In March, he witnessed migrants from Central America crossing the Suchiate River illegally from Guatemala into Mexico in full view of Mexican authorities on the border. But along the border, he saw Mexican authorities boarding buses looking for unauthorized migrants. He said the Mexican government also has recently established a series of checkpoints father inland. "That's something that they weren't doing before," Olson said. Olson also toured a government detention facility in Tapachula, a city in the Mexican state of Chiapas north of the Guatemalan border. He said the authorities were "sending people on a daily basis back to Central America." [...] To read the full article, click here.

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Eric L. Olson

Eric L. Olson

Global Fellow,
Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more