A 1994 US policy was supposed to deter migration by securing popular access points. Instead, it drives people to enter the US by more hazardous means, such as being crammed in hot tractor-trailers.
Migrant deaths are inevitable thanks to the lack of a coherent policy between the US and Mexico.
Keeping landscapes connected can help protect wild animals and plants. In the US Southwest, border wall construction is closing off corridors that jaguars and other at-risk species use.
The number of migrants dying while trying to cross the US-Mexico border is at an all-time high. But these figures are still likely an underestimate.
A record 95,079 child migrants had arrived alone at the US’s southern border by July this year. The US is legally responsible for these children, but it is struggling to give them adequate care.
Record heat and low rainfall are drying up water sources shared by the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
The dire conditions that brought waves of Cubans to the US in the 1980s and 1990s are again escalating on the communist island, provoked by Trump-era sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Children and families have been fleeing to the US in rising numbers for nearly a decade. So why is the current situation at the US-Mexico border being viewed as something new?
Unaccompanied minors pose a humanitarian challenge for Biden, as they did for Trump and Obama. There are no quick fixes to child migration and many vexing complications, says an immigration scholar.
Luck and tenacity paid off for some 15,000 migrants who may now pursue their asylum cases in the US But nearly 42,000 cases filed from Mexico under a Trump-era rule were already rejected.
COVID-19 has created new hardships for migrants while giving the Trump administration an excuse to further restrict asylum as public attention focuses on the pandemic.
Government policies and dangerous conditions affect the ability of researchers working on both sides of the US-Mexico border to conduct scientific fieldwork.
The U.S. wanted to use the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to send the military to its northern border. The idea is part of America’s desire to “Mexicanize” the world’s longest undefended border.
The US may be in sight from the border towns of Sonora, Mexico, but the trip is far from over. Cartels control the desert territory that divides the two countries – and no one gets through for free.
Many want to come to the United States, as an asylee, a migrant or a citizen. But those journeys have become more complicated.
Trump officials plan to send asylum seekers from the US to El Salvador while their claims are processed. That would expose these vulnerable people to grave dangers, says a political violence expert.
Asylum-seekers will now be prevented from applying for asylum in the United States if they could have pursued asylum in another country first.
The volume of migration to the US from Mexico dropped 53% between 2003 and 2017.
Immigrant children could remain indefinitely in federal detention if courts allow the Trump administration to ditch a landmark agreement that has protected migrant children for decades.
Americans have never felt warmer toward immigrants, nor have they ever been more supportive of immigration.