Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

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July 2019

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) 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 […]

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The day ahead: July 16, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I somehow managed to steer all meetings away from this Tuesday, and am writing at home all day. I’ll be checking messages intermittently.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 11, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Maria Sacchetti, “‘Kids in Cages’: House Hearing Examines Immigration Detention as Democrats Push for More Information” (The Washington Post, July 11, 2019). “There is no excuse for our government being so unprepared and indifferent to refugee flows that have been steadily mounting for months,” Raskin said […]

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WOLA Podcast: Resisting Repression in Nicaragua

I recorded this Tuesday morning with Julio Martínez of Nicaragua’s Articulación de Movimientos Sociales. Julio was an active participant in the 2018 protest movement against the Ortega regime; he got out and is now doing graduate work in New York. Here, we talk about civil society’s fight to stop human rights abuses and restore democracy […]

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The day ahead: July 11, 2019

I should be reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m recording a podcast with a visitor from Guatemala, having lunch with a colleague from Colombia, and jumping on a conference call with border groups. In the latter part of the afternoon, I’ll be in the office doing some writing about Colombia. Sometime […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 10, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Muggah, “Violent Crime Has Undermined Democracy in Latin America” (Igarape Institute, The Financial Times (UK), July 10, 2019). Last year, a mere 13 per cent of them expressed confidence in their national political parties, compared with 44 per cent who supported the armed forces Alan […]

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The day ahead: July 10, 2019

I’m around for much of the day. (How to contact me) After a meeting-filled Tuesday, I have some time today to write. I’ll be finishing a quick analysis of the mess at the border this morning. In the afternoon, I’m going to a sit-down with a group of visiting Colombian legislators, and keeping an eye […]

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The day ahead: July 9, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ll be in the office at WOLA all day, but recording a podcast, meeting a visiting researcher, participating in two internal meetings, and jumping on a conference call with border advocacy groups.

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, July 9 11:00-12:30 at AEI: Beyond walls and tariffs: Responding to migration challenges at the US-Mexico border (RSVP required). 3:00 in Room 222, Russell Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee on Implementation of the National Defense Strategy in the United States Southern Command Area of Responsibility. […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 8, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Simon Romero, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Manny Fernandez, Daniel Borunda, Aaron Montes, Caitlin Dickerson, “Hungry, Scared and Sick: Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.” (The New York Times, July 8, 2019). An out-of-the-way border station in the desert outside of El Paso has become the epicenter […]

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The day ahead: July 8, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m back from a week of visiting several family members. Everyone seems to be doing well, and the summer weather cooperated. It was a good vacation. I’ll be devoting this first day back to catching up. The morning is all staff meetings and check-ins. During […]

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The day ahead: July 1, 2019

I’m on vacation this week. (How to contact me) I’m spending this week, which includes a major U.S. holiday, visiting relatives. I will be difficult to contact and probably not posting here very often. I’ll be back next week.

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