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US funding to Central America will decrease in 2017, but where will the cuts be made?
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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...
US President Donald Trump
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Weekly InSight: Debunking the Trump Administration’s Alternative Facts About MS13

In our April 20 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about the recent rhetorical offensive launched...
Tijuana murder rates are up
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What Is Behind Spiking Violence in Tijuana, Mexico?

The beginning of 2017 has brought a striking increase in violence to Tijuana, Mexico and the surrounding region, as competition between different criminal groups...
New report finds missteps by US agencies aided arms traffickers
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US Agencies Botched Gun Running Investigations With Deadly Consequences: Watchdog

A new report from a US government watchdog has found that multiple agencies were at fault in a series of 2010 investigations of Texas arms traffickers, whose...
Migrants are opting for maritime routes to cross over into Mexico
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Trump Wall May Reinforce Shift to Maritime Migrant Routes

Central American undocumented migrants are shifting to maritime transportation, according to a recent report, likely as a result of Mexico's crackdown on land...
Mexico's state of Chihuahua is confronting a resurgence of violent crime
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Rising Violence in Chihuahua, Mexico Points to Homegrown Disputes

The border state of Chihuahua, Mexico is confronting a resurgence of violent crime, but the fight seems more about local revenue streams than international...
Demonstrators march in opposition to violence against women
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Covering Violence Against Women: How We Miss the Bigger Story

In our March 9 Facebook Live podcast, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello talked about how the media misses the bigger story when it...
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...