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An Old Obsession: More Border Enforcement (Ruben Navarrette)

"[T]here is plenty of money for more fencing. Americans love their fences despite the fact that this tactic has been shown to backfire. Physical barriers don't just keep people out. They also keep them in. Immigrants can't return home during those months when they're out of work, or...

Why 'Enforcement First' is Backwards: Dan Kowalski

The GOP released a one-page ' Standards for Immigration Reform ' on Jan. 30, 2014. It calls for border security and interior enforcement first, before any visa reform. They've got it backwards. Here's why .

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority 1 (threats to national security, border security...

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...

House Bill to Seal Border Unrealistic, CBO Finds

"Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399 , the “ Secure our Borders First ” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “ operational control ”—defined as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”—of...

In Harm's Way: Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement Programs and Security on the US-Mexico Border

"The Consequence Delivery System (CDS) is a suite of border and immigration enforcement programs designed to increase the penalties associated with unauthorized migration in order to convince people not to return (Rosenblum 2013). Despite its inauguration in 2011, many aspects of the CDS are not...

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies Enforcement of the Immigration...

Is Border Enforcement Effective? What We Know and What it Means - Edward Alden

Edward Alden, June 2017, Center for Migration Studies of New York - "For too long, the policy debate over border enforcement has been split between those who believe the border can be sealed against illegal entry by force alone, and those who believe that any effort to do so is futile and without...