Over the past eleven months, 42,405 Central American unaccompanied children under the age of eighteen have been picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol, in addition to another 61,575 families. That’s on top of the plain old adults, who likely totaled at least another 77,000 individuals. In other words, we are talking about some 16,450 Central Americans being apprehended on our southwest border every single month.
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The Mexican government’s July murder numbers are out, and they are—in short—pretty grim. During July, more than 2,000 Mexicans were killed, which for context is 25 percent higher than last year and the most violent month in Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency.
A few years ago, it seemed that Mexico’s security challenges were everywhere. They were featured on CNN, in Time Magazine, and in the agendas of most bilateral meetings.
For every 100,000 citizens in 2015, 103 were brutally murdered in El Salvador, 57 slaughtered in Honduras, 30 killed in Guatemala, and 13 murdered in Mexico. These countries racked up a total of more than 36,100 violent deaths last year, or in other words, nearly 100 corpses every single day.
Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children have been brutally murdered. Their bullet-riddled bodies can be found in ditches, hanging from bridges, or strewn across highways and city centers. Many more have fled in search of safety, only to be raped, beaten up, or robbed along the way. Tens of thousands have simply disappeared.
Introducing "Beyond the Border": Stephanie Leutert on Cartel and Gang Violence in Mexico and Central America
On behalf of both Lawfare and the Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin, I’m very happy to announce the launch of a new series—“Beyond the Border”—that will focus on the complex array of security challenges that have wracked Mexico in recent years (with occasional coverage of similar chall