July 16, 2019
Western Hemisphere Regional
- Nick Miroff, Arelis R. Hernandez, Kevin Sieff, “Trump Administration Moves to Restrict Asylum Access, Aiming to Curb Central American Migration” (The Washington Post, July 16, 2019).
The move brought immediate threats of legal challenge; the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains broad provisions that allow foreigners who reach U.S. soil to apply for asylum if they claim a fear of persecution in their native countries
- Ginger Thompson, “A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children” (ProPublica, July 16, 2019).
Most of his colleagues, he said, fall into one of two camps. There are the “law-and-order types” who see the immigrants in their custody, as, first and foremost, criminals. Then, he said, there are those who are “just tired of all the chaos” of a broken immigration system and “see no end in sight”
- Alexandra Mendoza, “Group of Activists Proposes ‘a New Vision for the Border’” (The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 16, 2019).
The proposal of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), which represents 60 organizations from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, seeks to expand public safety, protect human rights and welcome newcomers and border residents
- Garrett M. Graff, “The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point” (Politico, July 16, 2019).
Behind this week’s migrant-center horrors lies an agency plagued by years of dysfunction—and Trump is only its latest problem
- “Unhcr Deeply Concerned About New U.S. Asylum Restrictions” (UN High Commissioner for Refugees, July 16, 2019).
UNHCR believes the rule excessively curtails the right to apply for asylum, jeopardizes the right to protection from refoulement, significantly raises the burden of proof on asylum seekers beyond the international legal standard, sharply curtails basic rights and freedoms of those who manage to meet it, and is not in line with international obligations
Mexico, Western Hemisphere Regional
- Michael D. Shear, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule” (The New York Times, July 16, 2019).
The rule would effectively limit asylum protections to Mexicans and those who cross the United States’ southwestern border by sea
Central America Regional
- “Engel, Mccaul Bill to Address Root Causes of Migration From Central America Passes House” (U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Democratic Office, July 16, 2019).
Authorizes $577 million in foreign assistance to Central America to address the root causes of migration in Fiscal Year 2020
- Jonathan Blitzer, “How Trump’s Safe-Third-Country Agreement With Guatemala Fell Apart” (The New Yorker, July 16, 2019).
“The Guatemalans did not know what they were getting into,” a Trump Administration official said
- Carlos Dada, “Un Pato Llamado Honduras” (El Pais (Spain), July 16, 2019).
Es uno de los países más pobres de América y un lugar estratégico para el narcotráfico, que ha secuestrado la institucionalidad y pervertido la economía y los equilibrios del poder
- Santiago Perez, “New U.S. Asylum Rule Strands Thousands at Southern Border” (The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2019).
The rule, announced Monday by the Trump administration, requires asylum seekers who pass through a third country to first apply for refugee status from that country rather than from the U.S.
- Debbie Nathan, “Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy Exposes Migrants to Rape, Kidnapping, and Murder in Dangerous Border Cities” (The Intercept, July 16, 2019).
The MPP, rather than protect migrants, puts them in grave danger. It mandates that they remain in crime-ridden Mexican border cities for months, even years
- “A Glimmer of Light in Venezuela’s Gloom” (International Crisis Group, July 16, 2019).
A discreet Norwegian diplomatic effort represents the best hope for breaking Venezuela’s political deadlock. To stop the country’s slide into humanitarian and economic catastrophe, pragmatic backers of both government and opposition should put aside empty hopes of outright victory and support a negotiated settlement