The Justice Department is jailing 5,000 migrants apprehended at the border under an 18th-century law allowing detention of “material witnesses.”
Explains the difficulty in achieving accountability for the fatal 2010 beating of a Mexican man by CBP and Border Patrol personnel at the San Ysidro port of entry.
A report submitted for the 2023 Review of U.S. Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights finds U.S. border law enforcement compliance sorely lacking.
Examines causes and trends of Darién Gap migration.
Finds overcrowding, a lack of resources, and violence in the municipality that is the main jumping-off point for migrants en route to the Darién Gap.
Finds that Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Chile are failing to comply with their obligations under international law to protect those fleeing Venezuela.
A narrative from Eagle Pass, Texas, a border city at the heart of the state government’s “Operation Lone Star.”
An exposé of the miserable labor conditions suffered by many underage migrants who work long shifts, often at night, in dangerous conditions in U.S. food processing plants or similar facilities.
A court-appointed monitor voices concerns about aspects of CBP’s custody of migrant children, especially short-term separations from parents at times when processing is near capacity. (Link at courtlistener.com)
Recalls 10 facts that often get overlooked in heated U.S. debates over the border and migration policy.
The role of organized crime and local communities, both of which are profiting handsomely, in facilitating record migration through the Darién Gap.
Profiles parents in the San Francisco Bay Area who had migrated without their children.
A 273-page research report about migration trends, policies, and human rights in Mexico in 2021 and 2022.
A situation report, mainly on conditions for asylum seekers, from El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
Excerpt from investigative journalist Marcela Turati’s book about the 2010 San Fernando migrant massacre and the power of organized crime in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
“Globally, children make up around 13 per cent of the migrant population, but they account for 25 per cent of people on the move in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Asserts that much border and migration policy is based on the white-supremacist concept of “Herrenvolk democracy.”
Gretchen Kuhner directs the Mexico City-based Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI). She explains the challenges and complexities—and occasional advocacy successes—of the current moment of record migration and changing policies, viewed from Mexico.
A interview covers WOLA’s August 2023 joint report on border law enforcement accountability with the Kino Border Initiative.
Drawing heavily on this site’s database and the accountability work of the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative, this in-depth report looks at the chronic nature of human rights abuse at the U.S.-Mexico border, how DHS’s accountability system is meant to work, and where it often fails. It offers more than 40 policy recommendations.
A column notes that Texas state authorities’ abuse of migrants happens in a context of larger national border policies that inflict suffering in order to “deter” migrants.
A complaint to the DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties office about Border Patrol’s practice of penning asylum seekers between layers of the border wall south of San DIego for days before processing them.
A podcast recorded by WOLA staff from Tegucigalpa, shortly after returning from two days at the Honduras-Nicaragua border at a time of very heavy migration in transit.
WOLA’s comment submitted on the Biden administration’s draft rule that would deny opportunities to apply for asylum to most migrants who passed through third countries en route to the U.S.-Mexico border.