Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues



Metering Update: August 2020

In April 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leadership issued guidance that allowed officers to limit asylum seekers’ access to ports of entry. This guidance permitted CBP officers to be stationed at the United…


Metering Update: May 2020

Since April 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been stationed at the United States’ international boundary with Mexico and have informed arriving asylum seekers that U.S. ports of entry are full. Simultaneously,…


Policy Research Projects

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Migratory Policy in Mexico (2019-20)

On December 1, 2018, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assumed office and promised to change Mexico’s migratory policy. Initially, López Obrador championed a humanitarian approach to migration, placing migrant rights defenders in key policy…


Las Políticas Migratorias de Andrés Manuel López Obrador en México (2019-20)

El 1 de diciembre de 2018, el presidente de México Andrés Manuel López Obrador asumió el cargo y prometió cambiar la política migratoria de México. Inicialmente, López Obrador abogó por un enfoque humanitario hacia la…


Mexico’s Migratory Detention System (2018-19)

This report examines the evolution of Mexico’s migratory detention system, particularly with respect to legislative changes in 2008 and 2011 that decriminalized migration. Until 2008, irregular migration was a criminal offense, punishable with fines and…


Sistema Mexicano de Detención de Migrantes (2018-19)

El presente reporte examina la evolución del sistema de detención de migrantes de México, en particular con respecto a los cambios legislativos en 2008 y 2011 que despenalizaron a la migración. Hasta 2008, la migración…


Student Papers