Even if a “wave” of migration happens in early 2021, the new Biden administration can handle it with minimal drama while phasing out the Trump administration’s harsh anti-asylum policies.
Recommendations to assist Mexico’s asylum system, reduce migrant detention in Mexico, and help Mexico make its approach to migration more rights-respecting.
In June 2019, under heavy U.S. pressure, Mexico deployed its new National Guard to stop migrants, while agreeing to a vastly expanded “Remain in Mexico” program. A year later, the result has been disastrous.
Some of what the Trump administration is implementing at the border risks worsening the COVID-19 pandemic at home and exporting it to other countries.
WOLA experts discuss current challenges the region faces from ineffective migration policies and protection of migrant rights and what might be done to change the situation.
A report based on fieldwork performed along the Mexico-Guatemala border in August 2019.