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Sustaining Progress with Mexico on Migration

The United States and Mexico escaped President Trump’s threat of mutually destructive tariffs with a June 7 agreement on steps to reduce migrant flows to the United States. Mexico since has dramatically improved its efforts to reduce the number of Central American and other migrants reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The number of migrants apprehended at the U.S. border reportedly dropped to under 100,000 in June from 144,000 in May, a reduction of over 30 percent. Mexico deported 22,000 migrants in June, a 33 percent increase from May and a 13-year high.

2019 Migration to and through Mexico Mid-Year Report

Homicides in Central America: Toward a Better Understanding of Territorial Trends, Causes, and Dynamics

Document prepared by Mario Herrera. 

With the sponsorship of: Programa Estado de la Nación, CONARE, and Estado de la Región. 

Infographic | What We Know About the U.S.-Mexico Immigration Deal So Far

Los Riesgos y las Oportunidades para la Efectiva Reinserción de los Beneficiarios del TPS en El Salvador. Recomendaciones de Política Pública

Georgina Cisneros (investigadora)
Lyla Gil (asistente de investigación)
María Elena Rivera (coordinadora)
Fundación Dr. Guillermo Manuel Ungo (Fundaungo)

Progress at Risk? First Annual Conference on Security, Migration, and Rule of Law in the Northern Triangle of Central America

Record numbers of Central Americans have fled the countries of the Northern Triangle during the first half of 2019, giving rise to abundant questions about how to address the drivers of migration. Central to addressing the challenge of migration is the ability of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, together with the United States, to effectively reduce violence and homicides; fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law; reform the police; and reintegrate returning or deported migrants.

Mexico's Dignity

The damage is done. Irrespective of whether Donald Trump imposes his proposed tariffs on Mexican goods, he has already gravely undermined the bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico.

Donald Trump has begun his 2020 reelection bid in much the same way he began his successful 2016 campaign: by attacking Mexico and Mexicans to galvanise his base. He has insouciantly slapped Mexico, a central economic partner and strategic ally, with the International Economic Emergency Powers Act, a law ordinarily reserved for enemies of the United States.