Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America
- Mexico – Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (Washington: Defense Security Cooperation Agency, August 9, 2018).
The President must notify Congress of any pending Foreign Military Sale of defense articles or services exceeding $50 million, of design and construction services exceeding $200 million, or any major defense equipment exceeding $14 million.
- Southwest Border Migration FY2018 (Washington: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, August 7, 2018).
Every month since May 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported the number of unaccompanied, undocumented children and family-unit members apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border during the previous month.
- Southwest Border Security: CBP Is Evaluating Designs and Locations for Border Barriers but Is Proceeding Without Key Information (Washington: U.S. Government Accountability Office, August 6, 2018).
As the Trump administration seeks to build a border wall based on prototypes constructed in 2017, GAO concludes that Customs and Border Protection “doesn’t have complete information for prioritizing barrier deployments in the most cost-effective manner.”
- Honduras: Background and U.S. Relations (Washington: Congressional Research Service, July 30, 2018).
A regular CRS overview of Honduran politics and bilateral relations with the United States.
- Most Complaints about CBP’s Polygraph Program Are Ambiguous or Unfounded (Washington: Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, July 26, 2018).
Though only 28 percent of applicants for positions at CBP passed polygraph tests between 2013 and 2016, the inspector-general found that 96% of complaints about the process were unfounded or ambiguous.