- The Biden administration and Congress weigh new curbs on asylum access
- As SB 4 nears, Texas builds a military base and threatens a respected migrant shelter
- A heavy week for CBP accountability issues
- Migration plunged at the border from December to January
- Fallout from collapse of the Senate “border deal”
- House Republicans impeach DHS Secretary over border and migration
I don’t get to work on Venezuela very often, but I did get to record a conversation in 2010 with activist and civil-military relations expert Rocío San Miguel. Here’s an excerpt where we discussed the military’s politicization.
Rocío was arrested last Friday in Caracas. Authorities are accusing her of terrorism and treason, which is as horrifying as it is absurd.
I haven’t done one of these since October.
It’s a 43-second video, but it takes nearly two and a half hours to script, make graphics, film, edit, add subtitles, and export 16:9 and 9:16 versions.
I’m still not convinced these are the best use of my time, but as with the infographics and the podcasts, I think it’s important to experiment with formats other than text. (Even though my 1980s-90s liberal arts education barely equips me for it.)
Here (en español) is a panel discussion, recorded Friday, on Voice of America. I joined Salvadoran analyst Napoleón Campos to talk about the implications of authoritarian-trending leader Nayib Bukele’s likely blowout re-election victory in today’s election in El Salvador.
Many thanks to New York-based Network 20/20, an organization “that bridges the gap between the private sector and foreign policy worlds,” for inviting me to participate in a virtual panel last Thursday. With Elizabeth Oglesby of the University of Arizona and Diego de Sola of Glasswing International, we talked about the causes of migration away from Central America, and the good and bad of U.S. policies, past and present.
New Waxahatchee song with MJ Lenderman (from Wednesday and solo stuff) on guitar? Yes please.
WOLA videographer Sergio Ortiz Borbolla was with us in northwestern Colombia at the end of October, and produced this brilliant 1:47 video depicting what we saw and heard. This is what Necoclí, and the gateway to the Darién Gap, looked and felt like.
This was a great panel on November 7, with speakers in four countries (the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia). We talked about challenges for dignified migration at a time of hardening borders and more military and police involvement in migration control throughout the region.
Many thanks to Hispanics in Philanthropy and Open Society Foundations for organizing it and inviting me to participate.
Here’s an 1,100-word statement recalling and highlighting some of the basic principles underlying our border and migration work. Backed up with lots of numbers and data, of course.
The main points:
- Most migrants arriving in the United States are exercising their right to seek asylum
- The United States needs to invest in managing, in a humane and timely manner, migrants and asylum seekers—NOT in more border security
- Legislative proposals from “border hawks,” like the “Secure the Border Act” (H.R2), would endanger thousands of lives
Read it here. It comes with an embedded video:
I think I’m getting better at making these? Obtaining a cheap teleprompter helped.
- Two breaking items: new border wall and Venezuela deportations
- Border Patrol apprehended about 210,000 migrants in September
- Proposals call for increasing deportations from Mexico and Panama
- Mexico updates
- Darién Gap updates
In this week’s WOLA U.S.-Mexico Border Update:
- Migration in August Increased 36 Percent Over July
- Mexico Pledges New Measures to “Depressurize” Migration
- House Republicans Place Border at Center of Government Shutdown Demands
We hear a lot that people at the U.S.-Mexico border are being allowed into the United States “illegally.” Well, no.
For decades, U.S. law has stated that if you fear for your life or freedom if returned to your country, you are entitled to due process. Asylum seekers are doing something legal. And many of them qualify.
Here’s a two-minute explanation:
Here’s an 8-minute segment that aired yesterday on France24 Español. A conversation in Spanish with anchor Rosa Pérez about the possible future spread of fentanyl into Latin America, and why the United States has been unable to contain the spread of the compact, highly addictive opioid.