"It is important to impose harsher penalties for 'coyotes' or smugglers, since this has become a very lucrative business for organized crime, according to recent reports by Prensa Libre and Emisoras Unidas. It is also important to communicate to Indigenous leaders in sending communities why crossing illegally into the U.S. is a crime (both in Spanish and in different Mayan languages)," writes Juan Carlos Zapata for Americas Quarterly.
"While the surge in unaccompanied children has received a lot of media attention, the number of apprehensions of children who are accompanied by a parent or guardian has increased at a far faster clip, nearly tripling (160% increase) in less than a year," writes the Pew Research Center.
"None of these is more important than pervasive weaknesses in the basic institutions of the rule of law [in Latin America]—the police, the prosecutors, the courts and the prisons. Trust in the criminal-justice system remains low: majorities of the population in almost every country in the region have little or no faith in it," writes the Economist.