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US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
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Can Damage Control by US Officials Salvage Security Relations With Mexico?

The US Secretaries of State and Homeland Security visited Mexico in what appears to be an attempt to ease tensions between the two countries, but statements...
US President Donald Trump
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5 Ways Trump’s Deportation Plan Helps Criminals

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to...
Venezuelans crossing into Colombia with their belongings
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Reports Find Insecurity Is Driving Factor of Venezuela Exodus

A series of reports highlight how rampant crime and insecurity have spurred Venezuelans to leave their home country, a perhaps overlooked driver of migration amid...
Cubans no longer receive special immigration status from US
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How Will End to ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy Affect Human Smugglers?

The end of the US government's preferential status for Cuban migrants could result in short-term gains but long-term pain for human smuggling networks in Latin...
Migrants in Mexico
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Study Examines Drug and Human Trafficking Overlap in Mexico

A recent study from a pair of academics specializing on border issues finds a wide degree of overlap between coyotes and drug traffickers along the US-Mexico...
Fisherman bringing their boat ashore on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast
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Venezuela Economic Crisis Fueling Piracy on Caribbean Coast

Venezuela's dire economic situation is fueling piracy off the coastal state of Sucre, providing one example of the various illicit activities growing along the...
The recently detained migration official, left, and two Chinese nationals
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Investigation of Argentina’s Largest Chinese Mafia Leads to New Arrests

A high-level migration official and two Chinese nationals were arrested in Argentina as part of an ongoing investigation into the country's largest Chinese mafia,...
Migrants riding the dangerous Mexican train dubbed "The Beast"
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Honduran Smugglers Taking Advantage of Trump Victory: US Embassy

The United States' Embassy in Honduras has warned of an increase in the demand for Honduran "coyotes" to smuggle people into the United States, a sign that...
Chilean border crossing
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International Human Smuggling Ring Dismantled in Peru and Chile

A multi-country operation has dismantled a human smuggling ring described as the largest criminal organization bringing Dominican migrants to Chile, as those...
Federal police officers and migrants in Chiapas, Mexico.
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21 Mexico Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Extortion of Migrants

Nearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico's Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of...
African migrants waiting in Tijuana to cross the border into the US
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Rising Africa-LatAm Migration Signals Growth of Smuggling Routes

Recent data from the Mexican government reveals new details about African immigration to Latin America, illustrating the growth of human smuggling routes from...
Cuban migrants stranded in Turbo, Colombia
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Migrant Boom Provides Colombia’s Criminal Groups With Opportunity

A large influx of migrants from the Caribbean and other regions landing in Colombia has provided the country's criminal groups with a ready-made opportunity to...