Giving Compass' Take:

• After a week of negotiations, the U.S. and Mexico came to a landmark deal on addressing the Central American migration crisis. If implemented correctly, it could usher in a new era of joint action in addressing illegal immigration.

• How can funders help to build productive immigration conversations? 

Here are eight immigration policy areas for the US to consider in 2019. 


With this new agreement, the U.S. and Mexico now have an operational framework for bilateral and individual measures on reducing migration flows.

Mexico has committed to an expansion of the Migration Protection Protocols, otherwise known as the Remain in Mexico policy.

This means that Mexico has agreed to hold an increased number of Central American migrants in Mexico while they await processing of their U.S. asylum claims.

Previously, Mexico was accepting an average of 250 individuals per day; this number is expected to rise to 1,000 people. In addition, Mexico is reportedly open to accepting assistance from the U.S., which would expedite their capabilities.

The Mexican government has also agreed to additional enforcement mechanisms on both their border with the U.S. and more notably on their shared border with Guatemala. Mexico has committed to a 6,000 Mexican National Guard personnel deployment and sharp uptick in arrests. This component of the deal heralds a decisive shift in Mexico’s approach to their southern border.

Read the full article about the new border agreement by Ana Quintana at The Heritage Foundation.