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Central America's Migration Crisis

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

The heated debate in America over migrants and asylum-seekers seeking to cross into the country from Mexico has often overshadowed the origins of the problem: the push factors that drive so many to flee from the so-called Northern Triangle states of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Download your FREE copy of Central America's Migration Crisis to learn more today.

Crime and insecurity coupled with corruption and lack of accountability make life precarious for many of the region’s most vulnerable populations, who are preyed on by criminal gangs and at times the state. U.S. policy has in the past contributed to these problems or else failed to help address them effectively, putting part of the responsibility for finding lasting solutions on Washington.

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In this report, you will learn about a variety of issues, including:

  • The split in Latin America over how to deal with rising violence.
  • How the United States contributed to the problem and why it must help fix it.
  • El Salvador's 'Iron Fist' crackdown on gangs.
  • The election crisis and protests in Honduras.
  • Why Guatemala's anti-corruption commission faces a new wave of efforts to derail it.
  • What life is really like on Mexico's migrant trail.

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How U.S. Policy Has Contributed to Central America's Migrant Crisis

Developing and maintaining the rule of law is vitally important to creating a secure, prosperous Central America. Central American governments need more technical assistance and more funding directed at improving and professionalizing the judiciary and the police. The Trump administration should rigorously apply the Leahy Laws, which bar U.S. assistance to foreign security forces accused of abuse, rather than rewarding them with more weapons and equipment. The region’s anti-corruption and anti-impunity bodies need to be strengthened, and they need Washington’s full support. Morales’ attempts to shut down the successful anti-corruption commission, which has struck at the heart of a rotten political elite, should be viewed not only as a threat to the stability of Guatemala, but to the region.

Weak economies also need assistance. A recent report by Manual Orozco at the Inter-American Dialogue offers some excellent recommendations for how to stem migration and improve economic development in the Northern Triangle, including formalizing the workforce, investing in human capital and growing new markets. The Trump administration’s decision to terminate the temporary protected status, or TPS, for Hondurans and Salvadorans will require more than 250,000 migrants who have been living and working legally in the U.S., some for as many as 20 years, to return home in 2019. Not only are these economies unprepared to absorb such a sizeable number of returnees, but their return will also result in a decline in remittances—both of which are likely to exacerbate the migration crisis. It’s estimated that the revocation of TPS will cost those economies more than $60 million annually, including nearly $47 million in El Salvador alone. With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, they should push the administration to instead renew and expand TPS for Hondurans and Salvadorans, as well as Nicaraguans and Haitians for that matter, and develop a path to citizenship for them.

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A Split Emerges in Latin America Over How to Deal With Rising Violence

When you download Central America's Migrant Crisis you'll learn that there are glimmers of hope if you look closely at the situation. Amid the carnage, solutions and experiments are emerging that could slow the violence and reduce the killing.

In Argentina, for example, a community policing program and improved data collection contributed to the dismantling of one of the country’s most violent criminal groups, known as Los Monos. Similarly, in the Colombian city of Cali, authorities have started to map homicide data to establish which neighborhoods are most affected by violence. Young people considered to be at risk are then given individual caseworkers. This new program resulted in a 41 percent reduction in murders in 2018, according to local authorities. On Jan. 3, the city celebrated its first ever 24-hour period without a single murder since records began. Strategies like those adopted in Cali are known as “tertiary prevention.”

Learn more when you download Central America's Migration Crisis.

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand Central America's migration crisis.

Take a deeper look at the push factors that drive migration in our report, Central America's Migration Crisis.

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the real situation, not more political spin that mischaracterizes the nature of the crisis and its causes.

With your link to download a copy of Central America's Migration Crisis you’ll also gain FREE registration to the WPR newsletter, delivering uncompromising news and analysis directly to your inbox. Your FREE registration includes access to select articles, early announcements, and periodic discounts on our full-service subscription.


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Take a deeper look at the push factors that drive migration in our report, Central America's Migration Crisis.

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Learn how the election of a new young president in El Salvador represents an opportunity for change

In the presidential election in February 2019, Salvadorans sent a powerful message to their own leaders—one that may also just hold a key to reversing the stream of desperate families pouring out of their country toward the United States. At the very least, El Salvador has an opportunity to ease the human suffering that propels impoverished families to leave it all behind and risk the dangerous trek north. And in an unlikely turn, the election has created an opening for Trump.

Salvadoran voters broke sharply with tradition on Feb. 3 and chose 37-year-old Nayib Bukele as their next president. In doing so, they cracked the 30-year-old monopoly held by the two main parties, relics of the brutal civil war of the 1980s, which have dominated politics as the heirs to the Cold War-era combatants. The National Republican Alliance, or ARENA, inherited the rightist mantle of the militias allied with the U.S. during the civil war. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, became the party of the left, transforming a Marxist guerrilla movement into a socialist political one.

Learn more when you download Central America's Migration Crisis for FREE today.

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand Central America's migration crisis.

Take a deeper look at the push factors that drive migration in our report, Central America's Migration Crisis.

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the real situation, not more political spin that mischaracterizes the nature of the crisis and its causes.

With your link to download a copy of Central America's Migration Crisis you’ll also gain FREE registration to the WPR newsletter, delivering uncompromising news and analysis directly to your inbox. Your FREE registration includes access to select articles, early announcements, and periodic discounts on our full-service subscription.