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Migrant Kidnapping in Nuevo Laredo During MPP and Title 42, December 2021   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Every day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers send individuals into Mexican border cities, including the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, across the border from Laredo, Texas. These individuals leave the United States through deportations, Title 42 expulsions via the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] order, or as part of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which sends people to Mexico to wait during their U.S. immigration proceedings. Immediately upon entering Nuevo Laredo, these individuals are at high risk for kidnapping and serve as a source of income for organized crime. Migrant kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo are not a new phenomenon. For more than a decade, organized crime in the city has made migrant kidnapping a component of its income generating activities. Members of organized crime kidnap both migrants traveling north for a chance to enter the United States and people sent back to the city. However, recent U.S. policies that return individuals and families to Nuevo Laredo--such as MPP and Title 42--have added new, lucrative populations for the criminal activity."

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2021-12
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University of Texas at Austin, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
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