Migrants continue their march through Mexico towards the US

The caravan of thousands of Central American migrants continues its march across Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States, resting in the Mexican town of Pijijiapan, in the southern state of Chiapas, as the Pentagon is expected to deploy about 800 troops to the US-Mexico border.

Journalists protest after murder of colleague in Mexico

Journalists in Mexico’s Chiapas state protest after the murder of the ninth journalist killed so far in 2018. The victim, Mario Gomez, was killed after being shot as he was leaving his house in Chiapas- an area that fellow reporter Sergio Melgar says hasn’t suffered from this violence since 1993.

Mexico Is Copying The U.S.’s Immigrant Crackdown On Their Southern Border And It’s Not Working (HBO)

Ever since a caravan of Central American migrants started heading north from Southern Mexico in early April, Presiden​t Trump has used the occasion to accuse the Mexican government​ of doing nothing to prevent migrants from reaching the United States.

But that isn’t true. In the summer of 2014, when record numbers of Central American children and families were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Obama administration pressured Mexico to stop the migrant flow closer to the source: At its own southern border with Guatemala.

Mexico readily complied, deploying unprecedented numbers of immigration agents, police, and military to shut down migrant routes, primarily in the southernmost state of Chiapas. By some measures, the so-called Southern Border Program was successful: In its first two years, immigration arrests in Mexico shot up by 85 percent, according to an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America.

But four years later, it’s clear that the Southern Border Program has created more problems than it’s solved.

The migrant crisis is far from over, and will continue as long as intense violence, poverty, and political instability push Central Americans to flee their home countries. Instead, the crackdown has pushed migrants onto more remote and dangerous routes, where they’re vulnerable to predatory criminals who rob them — or much worse.

​Those migrants who are apprehended often wind up stuck for months in southern Mexico while they await for their cases to be processed. Many apply for asylum in Mexico, but even they, in many cases, want papers only so they can continue their journeys north undisturbed.

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