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Asylum Processing & Migration

Asylum Processing and Waitlists at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Migration Policy Center at the European University Institute have released a new report titled “Asylum Processing and Waitlists at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” that systematically analyzes asylum procedures at U.S. ports of entry along the southern border. During November 2018, amidst a presidential proclamation aiming to block individuals crossing between official ports from seeking asylum and the migrant caravan’s arrival in Tijuana, the research team conducted fieldwork in eight different border cities. They interviewed civil society, journalists and government officials on both sides of the border, and also gathered and analyzed government and legal documents, and news articles to detail the current dynamics and identify trends across the border.

Download the report (PDF)

Migrant Caravan Teach-In

On Nov. 29, the Center participated in the Migrant Caravan Teach-In, which aimed to explore the questions raised by the migrant caravan in our community about migration, law and ethics. How can the region work collaboratively towards a humane and orderly response to the arrival of the migrants, while maintaining security? How can civil society ensure immediate shelter and safety for migrants, as well as access to due process? Faculty and members of civil society engaged in a reflective conversation about this pressing challenge.

Documents: Event Flyer, Event Notes, Crossing the "Vertical Frontier", Experience In Mexico, Migrant Health Crisis in Tijuana, The Trump Administration's "Asylum Ban"