Every month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexico's National Migration Institute release their migration apprehension numbers that chart the movements of Central Americans across the region.
Stephanie Leutert is the Director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. She writes for Beyond the Border, a Strauss Center and Lawfare collaboration, and provides an in depth look at security and migration challenges in Mexico and Central America.
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La pregunta pudiera resultar sencilla, pero es sorprendentemente compleja de responder. De hecho, el rango de respuesta tiende a variar en centenas de miles.
What I saw when I traveled to five Mexican border cities: crowding, confusion and desperation among asylum seekers.
The question is fundamental to understanding migration to the United States. But it’s surprisingly hard to answer.
The 5,000-person migrant caravan that has made so much news reflects only 10 percent of the monthly total of people requesting asylum or apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Such an accord does not target the root drivers of migration so cannot eliminate the flow of refugees and asylum seekers.
For all the immigration concerns focusing on the U.S. southern border, Mexico has become primarily a “transit country,”with more people moving through it rather than directly leaving.