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Mexican coyotes are using Trump policies to boost their business.

‘Mexico’s Human Smugglers are Raising Prices Because of Trump’

Undocumented immigration involves a series of deals between Central American coyotes and Mexicans. One coyote from El Salvador complains that his colleagues on the...
Unaccompanied migrant children in a Texas detention center. Credit: Revista Factum

US Lacks Evidence Linking Migrant Children to MS13 Crimes

Representatives of three US federal law enforcement agencies were unable to offer the Senate Judiciary Committee any conclusive evidence of links (beyond isolated...
Prescription painkillers: a major contributor to the US's opioid epidemic

Ohio Lawsuit Latest in Cross-Border Push against Opioid Epidemic

Ohio is the latest US state to take legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioid painkillers. Attempts to strangle the legal supply of these drugs at...
US Police Officials during a Senate committee hearing on the MS13. (From left to right: Commissioner Timothy D. Sini, Detective Scott Conley, and Chief J. Thomas Manger)

Trump Policies Undermine Fight Against MS13: US Police

Police chiefs from three different US counties impacted by the MS13 street gang spoke out about policies adopted by President Donald Trump's administration during a...
The United States government says it will seek to tackle its massive consumer market.

Mexico, Colombia Meetings Show US Security Policy on Unsure Footing

A recent visit by top US officials to Mexico and a meeting between the presidents of Colombia and the United States in Washington, DC have provided further evidence...
Fentanyl is feeding the opioid epidemic in the US

Mexico, US to Improve Efforts on Fentanyl as Mexico Seizures Rise

Fentanyl seizures in Mexico are on the rise, prompting Mexico and the United States to pledge to boost bilateral efforts to combat the production and trafficking of...
US President Donald Trump

Weekly InSight: The Trump Card, How US Policy Shifts Could Impact LatAm Security

In our May 11 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's coverage of shifting US...
US funding to Central America will decrease in 2017, but where will the cuts be made?

How Will Cuts in US Aid Impact the Northern Triangle?

US aid funding for Central America will be reduced in 2017. And while news reports have largely focused on the difference in the overall amount to be allocated,...
Is drug tunnel use in decline on the US border?

US Report on Alternative Drug Smuggling Tactics Undermines Border Wall Logic

A new US government report on lesser-used drug trafficking techniques such as tunnels and ultralight aircraft further undermines claims that building a border wall...
Customs and Border Protection agents

US Border Patrol Hiring Surge Could Increase Corruption

US President Donald Trump's call for a surge in new law enforcement officers to monitor the US-Mexico border as part of his immigration crackdown could...
US-bound migrants riding on a Mexican freight train

Unauthorized Migration Is Worth Billions for LatAm Organized Crime

Experts say unauthorized migration generates billions of dollars for criminal groups in Latin America, earnings that are set to grow as a result of tightening US...
Mexico poppy eradication efforts

US to Fund Mexico Opium Eradication to Hit Heroin Crisis at Home: Report

The United States has reportedly offered to help fund Mexico's eradication of opium poppy, raising questions about the efficacy of the supply-focused approach to...