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Drawbacks Seen With Having National Guardsmen on Border
Posted on 18 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[A]s the debate on how to best secure the border with Mexico continues, a new government report says that the use of National Guard troops on the border can hinder recruitment efforts and pose a challenge to long-term border security planning... Read More

Report: Feds wasted $69 million on border fence
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Border officials wasted $69 million of taxpayer money after they bought more steel than they needed to build the fence along United States and Mexico border, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland... Read More

Tags: report , steel , fence , border

Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[E]nhanced border enforcement may have contributed to a number of secondary costs and benefits. To the extent that border enforcement successfully deters illegal entries—an effect that is also difficult to measure since deterrence ultimately... Read More

Tags: report , crs , border

Report: CBP Border Drones Cost $12,255 Per Hour
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Customs and Border Protection pays about $12,255 per hour to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border with Predator drones, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, but the federal agency still doesn't... Read More

Tags: report , drone , cbp , border

U.S. Senate Report: Wall Costs Could Soar Toward $70 Billion
Posted on 19 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Apr. 17, 2017 - "The Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today issued a report detailing that costs for the Administration’s... Read More

Tags: wall , report , Senate , border

CRS on Border Security
Posted on 2 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Drawing on multiple data sources, the report suggests conclusions about the state of border security. Robust investments at the border were not associated with reduced illegal inflows during the 1980s and 1990s, but a range of evidence suggests... Read More

Crossing the Line: U.S. Border Agents Illegally Reject Asylum Seekers
Posted on 4 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HRF, May 2017 - "The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. Border agents must refer a person seeking asylum or expressing a fear of persecution to a protection screening... Read More

Report: There Is No Border Crisis
Posted on 23 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Is there an “immigration crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border? Not according to an examination of historical immigration data, according to a new paper from Rice University ’s Baker Institute for Public Policy . “Illegal”... Read More

It's the U.S.-Mexico border, not the Wild West
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent... Read More

DHS Border Security Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2017
Posted on 17 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 25, 2017 - "On January 25, 2017, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13767 (the "Executive Order") entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Pursuant to Section 15 of the Executive... Read More

Tags: report , DHS , border
  • Blog Post: Report: Feds wasted $69 million on border fence

    "Border officials wasted $69 million of taxpayer money after they bought more steel than they needed to build the fence along United States and Mexico border, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security . Customs and Border Protection completed...
  • Blog Post: Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry

    "[E]nhanced border enforcement may have contributed to a number of secondary costs and benefits. To the extent that border enforcement successfully deters illegal entries—an effect that is also difficult to measure since deterrence ultimately involves decisions made in towns and villages far...
  • Blog Post: Drawbacks Seen With Having National Guardsmen on Border

    "[A]s the debate on how to best secure the border with Mexico continues, a new government report says that the use of National Guard troops on the border can hinder recruitment efforts and pose a challenge to long-term border security planning. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability...
  • Blog Post: It's the U.S.-Mexico border, not the Wild West

    "Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive...
  • Blog Post: Report: There Is No Border Crisis

    "Is there an “immigration crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border? Not according to an examination of historical immigration data, according to a new paper from Rice University ’s Baker Institute for Public Policy . “Illegal” Immigration on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Is it...
  • Blog Post: CRS on Border Security

    "Drawing on multiple data sources, the report suggests conclusions about the state of border security. Robust investments at the border were not associated with reduced illegal inflows during the 1980s and 1990s, but a range of evidence suggests a substantial drop in illegal inflows in 2007-2011...
  • Blog Post: Report: CBP Border Drones Cost $12,255 Per Hour

    "Customs and Border Protection pays about $12,255 per hour to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border with Predator drones, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, but the federal agency still doesn't have any evidence they actually make the border...
  • Blog Post: DHS Border Security Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2017

    DHS, Apr. 25, 2017 - "On January 25, 2017, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13767 (the "Executive Order") entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Pursuant to Section 15 of the Executive Order, this 90-day progress report outlines the...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Senate Report: Wall Costs Could Soar Toward $70 Billion

    U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Apr. 17, 2017 - "The Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today issued a report detailing that costs for the Administration’s proposed concrete wall along the southern border...
  • Blog Post: Crossing the Line: U.S. Border Agents Illegally Reject Asylum Seekers

    HRF, May 2017 - "The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. Border agents must refer a person seeking asylum or expressing a fear of persecution to a protection screening interview or an immigration court proceeding where...