"Arrests of [ unauthorized ] migrants trying to cross the southern U.S. border
have plummeted to levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to
tallies released by the Department of Homeland Security last week, a
historic shift that could reshape the debate over immigration reform.
"There’s been no leadership or even an attempt to set forth a new
vision of immigration reform that could transcend the divides of the
current debate. This too can be readily explained. No one could have expected the
president to put immigration reform — whose main prospective...
"While the political campaigns remain obsessed over what is actually a
dwindling problem of illegal immigration, they are largely ignoring a
more urgent need to reform the nation’s legal-immigration laws." - Edward Alden, Dec. 19, 2011 .
U.S. Border Patrol agents at a Detroit Bus Station
"Since 9/11 I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the discussions I’ve had with people up and down the Texas-Mexico border.
The conversations go something like this “I’ve lived here for 50
years but every few months...
"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...
"Immigration experts said they don't think the ruling will drive more immigrants to come to the border. While government lawyers argued that family detention helped deter immigration, the judge said officials didn't provide enough evidence to back up those claims. Stephen Yale-Loehr , a...
Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Jan. 4, 2017 - "In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
The team also...
Executive Order 13767 of January 25, 2017 - Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Executive Order 13768 of January 25, 2017 - Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
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...
Adam Skolnick, Outside, Apr. 20, 2017 - "When New Zealander Kim Chambers accepted a casual invitation to the Dolphin Club, a group of swimmers and boaters in San Francisco , in 2009, she was still rehabbing from a devastating fall down a staircase that almost cost her right leg . She wasn’t...