Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues



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,…


Migrant Deaths in South Texas

This report builds on previous research related to migrant deaths in South Texas. It seeks to answer three questions: 1) Where are migrants dying in South Texas? 2) Who are these individuals? and 3) How…


Student Papers

Policy Research Projects

Política Migratoria Mexicana Sobre los Menores no Acompañados: Los Obstáculos para Acceder a Servicios y Protecciones (2018-19)

This report explores the dynamics surrounding Central American unaccompanied minors in Mexico and their access to the country’s protection system. Since 2009, the number of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has increased…


The Implementation and Legacy of Mexico’s Southern Border Program (2018-19)

The following report is from a year-long investigation by M.A. students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with FM4 Paso Libre, a civil society organization…