Discussion Tuesday, 11. December 2018 /
Washington D.C.

The Southern Wall

Mexico’s Programa Frontera Sur, its Impact on Migrants, and U.S. Engagement

Date, Time
Tue, 11. Dec 2018,
9:30 am – 11:00 am Save in my calendar
Externe Veranstaltung


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

9:30 am to 11:00 am


Center for American Progress

1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor

Washington, DC 20005



In the weeks leading up to the midterm election, media and political attention focused on the thousands of Central Americans traveling in caravans through Mexico, many hoping to request asylum in the United States. The current situation comes as part of a ramping up of immigration enforcement by the Mexican government—much of it with U.S. support and encouragement— since 2014. Under Mexico’s Southern Border Program, immigration authorities have apprehended over 700,000 people in transit through Mexico. Such efforts come as Mexico still struggles to build out its own ability to process and protect asylum seekers, and as the U.S. increasingly militarizes its own border with Mexico.

The panel will focus on how Mexico’s Southern Border Program has impacted migrants, predominantly from Central America, who are fleeing violence, threats, and poverty in their home countries. Speakers will discuss the danger and legal difficulties migrants and refugees face on their journey towards the U.S. border, the issues facing Mexico’s asylum system, and the U.S.’s role in supporting Mexico’s border security and immigration enforcement efforts.

Please join us for this timely discussion which takes place during the first week in office of Mexican President Andrés Manual López Obrador, who has promised to focus on human rights of migrants, the economic development of Mexico’s southern region, and proposed to president Trump a joint development plan for Central America that includes support from Mexico and the United States.

Opening Remarks

Dawid Danilo Bartelt
Office for Mexico and the Caribbean
Heinrich Böll Foundation


Miguel Angel Paz Carrasco
Director, Voces Mesoamericanas
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.

Siria Villatoro González
Coordinator, Integral Defense Area
Fray Matias de Córdova Human Rights Center
Tapachula, Chiapas, México

Maureen Meyer
Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights

Moderated by

Dan Restrepo
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

This discussion will be in Spanish and translation will be provided.

Please RSVP at: https://www.americanprogress.org/events/2018/11/26/461416/the-southern-wall/?evlc=rsvp



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