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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 18, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Priscilla Alvarez, Geneva Sands, “Trump Admin Considers Temporary Courts Along the Southern Border” (CNN, June 18, 2019). Site assessments have been completed for almost all the ports of entry to determine where such temporary immigration courts, described by sources as “soft-sided,” would be needed Colombia Tatiana […]

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(Even more here) June 17, 2019 Colombia Joe Parkin Daniels, “Journalist Finally Brings Attackers to Justice but Warns: ‘Colombia’s Sliding Backwards’” (The Guardian (Uk), June 17, 2019). “When you see social leaders threatened, when you hear women threatened with rape if they don’t shut up, when you see journalists attacked for not toeing the government […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, June 18 1:00–3:00 at WOLA: Cuban Women’s Voices in a Changing Economy and Society (RSVP required). Wednesday, June 19 10:30 in Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Full Committee Markup of the Emergency Border Supplemental. 12:30–1:30 at the Newseum: Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From […]

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(Even more here) June 7, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional James Laporta, “Exclusive: U.S. Marines Faced Down Armed Gunman at Mexico Border in Latest Threatening Encounter” (Newsweek, June 7, 2019). Three individuals, one armed and aiming a firearm at U.S. service members in Yuma, Arizona were apprehended late last month Colombia “Entrenamiento Militar Bajo Tortura: ¿Origen […]

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(Even more here) June 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Justin Wise, “Us Military Personnel Ordered to Paint Border Barriers to Improve ‘Aesthetic Appearance’” (The Hill, June 6, 2019). A disgraceful misuse of taxpayer $$,” Durbin said on Twitter. “Our military has more important work to do than making Trump’s wall beautiful” Caitlin Dickson, “Border Patrol […]

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(Even more here) June 5, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Carlo Munoz, “Military Officials Dispute Reports of Marine Shooting on Mexican Border” (The Washington Times, June 5, 2019). Command officials are in the midst of an investigation into claims an active-duty Marine fired his sidearm after a physical confrontation with three unknown individuals during a surveillance […]

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(Even more here) June 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rose L. Thayer, “Soldier Dies While Deployed in Arizona for Border Mission” (Stars and Stripes, June 4, 2019). The military, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI are investigating circumstances surrounding the death, though foul play is not suspected Spencer S. Hsu, “Judge Rejects […]

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(Even more here) June 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional A.c. Thompson, “Over 200 Allegations of Abuse of Migrant Children; 1 Case of Homeland Security Disciplining Someone” (ProPublica, June 3, 2019). From 2009 to 2014, at least 214 complaints were filed against federal agents for abusing or mistreating migrant children. According to the Department of Homeland […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, June 3 3:30–5:00 at WOLA: New Research on Human Rights Trials in Latin America (RSVP required). Tuesday, June 4 10:00–11:00 at Brookings: How security cooperation advances US interests (RSVP required). 1:00–2:30 at the Wilson Center: Trump, Tariffs, and U.S.-Mexico Relations: Finding a Path Forward (RSVP required). Wednesday, June 5 9:00 in Room 2008, Rayburn […]

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(Even more here) May 13, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Dan Lamothe, “Pentagon Will Pull Money From Ballistic Missile and Surveillance Plane Programs to Fund Border Wall” (The Washington Post, May 13, 2019). The Pentagon has justified the reprogramming for the border wall by shifting the funding to a Defense Department counterdrug effort Helene Cooper, “Pentagon […]

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(Even more here) May 10, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “Arizona Tribe Refuses Trump’s Wall, but Agrees to Let Border Patrol Build Virtual Barrier” (The Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2019). The wall he described was not physical, but virtual: 10 towers up to 140 feet tall, with radar and night vision cameras capable […]

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(Even more here) May 9, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emily Cochrane, “Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says” (The New York Times, May 9, 2019). The Pentagon has redirected enough money to build 256 miles of barriers along the southwestern border, including 63 miles within six months, the acting […]

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(Even more here) May 8, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, “U.S. Asylum Screeners to Take More Confrontational Approach as Trump Aims to Turn More Migrants Away at the Border” (The Washington Post, May 8, 2019). The new guidelines and directive to asylum officers are among the most significant steps the administration has taken to […]

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(Even more here) May 7, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Carranza, “Local Governments at U.S. Border Weigh Using Taxpayer Funds to Help Migrant Families” (The Arizona Republic, May 7, 2019). As nonprofits struggle to house and care for the number of families released border-wide, city, county and even state governments are starting to take a […]

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