Mexico fails in managing increased migration flows from Central America

Posted on August 13, 2016 • Filed under: Border Issues, Central America, Latin America News, Mexico, Social Issues reported Mexico launched the Comprehensive Plan for the Southern Border (CPSB) in 2014 in an attempt to manage increased migration flows from Central America. But two years after the plan’s implementation, it has yet to accomplish its goals of securing Mexico’s southern border, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

“Mexico’s Not-So-Comprehensive Southern Border Plan” offers insights into the evolution of the CPSB, the future of the program and recommendations for the Mexican and United States governments. The brief was authored by Luis Arriola Vega, a summer visiting scholar at the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Mexico.


Arriola Vega said Mexico’s southern border is increasingly becoming part of the U.S.-Mexico bilateral agenda, due to broader regional concerns over illegal activities with a transnational scope, such as drugs and human trafficking and arms and human smuggling. In particular, migration flows from Central America are on the rise, and most of the migrants passing through Mexico are destined for the U.S., he said. Read Article

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