The story as I understand it is also rather sad. A family with father, mother and two year old left El Salvador in search of a better life. They arrived in Matamoros just last week and joined a number of other migrants stuck there as the “metering” was only allowing a few per day to cross to Brownsville. It was hot, as hot at 110F (heat index?), so they were impatient and went to cross the Rio Grande.
The father crossed with his young daughter. He left her on the other bank and went back for his wife. The toddler saw her father leaving and went back into the water. She struggled with the current and the father also drowned in trying to save her.
The second a longer article about staffing and role sheriff deputies play. One thing to note about a border wall is it doesn’t really change any staffing situation and an unstaffed barrier will have folks workarounds.
Impunity is a measure of the percent of crimes that are not prosecuted, either directly as a percentage or as an index
One of the factors affecting immigration is whether the rule of law exists. In cases of crime or threatened crime, will “going to the authorities” be effective?
In the scale above, the US was at an intermediate level (64.78 points) and not too different from Guatemala (62.40) or Honduras (65.04) or El Salvador (65.03). Some other countries are much lower, e.g. Sweden (39 points) or the Netherlands (45 points). I find that a bit surprising.
Guatemala had a UN anti-corruption commission that was established in 2006 as part of peace accords.
As the US pushes policies like “remain in Mexico”, there is a separate question of how Mexico’s apprehension, asylum and deportation rates change – and indirectly if any of this might affect stability of Mexico.
The following article suggests deportations are up, though not at 2014 or 2006 highs