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

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…


La Implementación y el Legado del Programa Frontera Sur de México (2018-19)

Durante las últimas dos décadas, México ha promulgado múltiples programas nacionales e iniciativas internacionales con el propósito de manejar los movimientos de migrantes y mercancías ilícitas a través de sus estados fronterizos del sur. En…


Mexico’s Migratory Policy Regarding Unaccompanied Minors: Obstacles to Accessing Services and Protections (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…


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

Este informe explora las dinámicas alrededor de los menores centroamericanos no acompañados en México y su acceso al sistema de protección del país. Desde 2009, el número de menores noacompañados de El Salvador, Guatemala y…


Student Papers