Mexico-US border

Inside San Diego’s Otay Mesa detention centre

by Diego Acosta Although much of my research focuses on legal aspects of undocumented migration, I’d never visited a detention centre for irregular migrants. So when the opportunity arose in May this year to see inside the Otay Mesa detention facility near San Diego (where a Russian citizen had died just days before), I couldn’t […]

Lockdown at the Rio Grande achieves little as Obama seeks immigration change

By Leila Hadj-Abdou “Tonight I’d like to talk with you about immigration”, Barack Obama announced on November 20. The president plans to grant millions of irregular immigrants temporary protection from deportation. In reaction the House of Representatives has passed a Bill aiming to block his path. This would ban the Department of Homeland Security from giving relief from […]