Increasingly, children are found among the thousands of Central American migrants traversing Mexico in hopes of making it into the United States. Although shelters take them in, current immigration policy and practices are not equipped to protect their rights.
U.S. security policy in Mexico and Central America, focused on militarized counter-narcotics efforts known as the war on drugs, has had severely negative effects on the region. This report analyzes the effects in four areas – militarization, drug policy, violence against women and forced migration—and examines the impact of this security policy on three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
As immigrant communities and supporters of common-sense and justice-driven immigration policy reform, we are inspired by a commitment to respect and dignity into our national debate about immigrant communities and immigration policy reform. But we also recognize a moral imperative to bring to denounce aggressive enforcement practices that have devastated nearly 2 million immigrant households.
As the Senate passes its comprehensive immigration reform bill, it’s important to remember that workers and immigrants have never made significant progress in gaining rights in the U.S. without a fight.