As other countries closed their doors, Colombia’s president and its people lent a hand.
"The Mexicans want to say we ended the [Mérida Initiative] that kicked off a very violent chapter for Mexico," said AS/COA's Carin Zissis to The New York Times.
"Making a lasting difference will require sustainable regional growth," writes AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth for the Miami Herald.
"It's important that she chose to go to Latin America for her first international trip," said the AS/COA Online editor-in-chief.
"I don't think there are necessarily solutions to be had, rather the management of a difficult issue," said the AS/COA vice president.
One of the best ways to reduce the impulse of migration is to create opportunities for participation in local economy, said AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth to NPR.
The Chobani CEO and Tent Partnership for Refugees founder together with FEMSA's board executive chairman made the case for why hiring refugees is a positive investment in society.