The Attempts of the US and Mexico to Stop Migration from Central America and Key Challenges

Both the U.S. and Mexico started collaborating on framing policies to stop migration from Central American countries. In the recent years, more people from Central America reached the U.S. soil or attempted to access it than Mexico. A recent data revealed that over 200,000 Central Americans stopped by the border patrol team in 2016.

Now, the governments are working to reduce the rate of leaving people from their soil through various measures. It includes funding projects and attempts to reduce corruption in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – the Central American countries – to improve the conditions there.

The administrator for the United States Agency for International Development, Mark Green, confirmed that both the countries are taking on the driving factors that contribute to mass migration in the region. He further added that migrants would not move from their home if they get the drivers in their home country.

Earlier, President Barack Obama went for a master plan in of $750 million in 2014 to help the Central American countries, as that year saw over 68,000 child migrants, without any adults, stopped at the border.

Even Vice President Mike Pence also discussed with leaders of Mexico and Northern Triangle to address the migration from the Central American soil in June. But, experts say that those efforts are making minimal impacts due to the actions of President Trump.

He stopped the temporary legal for the Central American children residence to the country – a system started during Obama-era to save children subject to violence on their soil. It was greatly saving the children and protecting them from migrate-alone conditions and falling into the hands of criminal gangs.

Many of the migrant issues are primarily human and civil rights issues as they are subject violence, exploitation, and more. Due to that reason, most human rights organizations around the world work towards a common goal of settling the migrant rights issues. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

Organizations like Human Rights First and Amnesty International have actively campaigned on various migrant rights issues and helped the migrants with healthcare assistance, legal protection, guidance, and more.

While coming to the state of Arizona, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund significantly shaped the migrant and human rights movements in the state. It was a fund started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey – two prominent journalists – by utilizing the settlement award they received. Both were arrested in 2007 after they reported a County Sherriff office procedure set for journalists.

They were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, but they challenged the arrest in the Court of Appeals. The court set them free and awarded a settlement of $3.75 million. Both Lacey and Larkin decided to set up Frontera Fund to assist migrant and human rights organizations in Arizona.

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