Situation Report: Central American Caravans

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This Situation Report covers the recent crisis driven by mass migration from Central America through Mexico to the United States southwest border. The report details the route taken by the Central American caravans, focusing on the transit from Honduras to Mexico through Guatemala, and describes how Irregular Migrants (I/M) and Special Interest Aliens (SIA) are moving within and around the various caravans. The report highlights the irregularities of the caravans, particularly the route selected, and provides a threat assessment as to how this form of forced migration could function as a logistical train to potentially destabilize the region and delegitimize the United States. SFS scholars traveled to Guatemala in late October and observed the movement of the migrant caravans from Central America in close coordination with the Guatemalan government and local authorities. They visited two border crossings and spoke with immigration and intelligence ouicials from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The US tendency to overlook Latin America in formulating foreign policy has resulted in a void of accurate information. SFS stays committed to providing up-to-date analysis and has consistently emphasized the importance of Latin America to US foreign policy and national security. Our field research and detailed analysis is carefully constructed so that US policymakers can count on a proper threat assessment. This Situation Report (SITREP) provides research, writings, and testimony from scholars, senior fellows, and international fellows of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), as well as information from other scholars and international news outlets analyzing the crisis stemming from the Central American caravans.

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