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A Slippery Legislative Slope: From IIRAIRA to REAL ID to Secure Fence

DHS published this notice today in the Federal Register regarding border barriers (fencing and roads) near Calexico, California. Read the long list of federal statutes and regulations DHS has waived, thanks to IIRAIRA, the REAL ID Act and the Secure Fence Act.

Trump Sent Judges to the Border; Many Had Nothing to Do - Politico

Meredith Hoffman, Politico, Sept. 27, 2017 - "On September 4, immigration judge Denise Slavin followed orders from the Department of Justice to drop everything and travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. She would be leaving behind an overwhelming docket in Baltimore, but she was needed at “ground...

Feds Quietly Prepare for Land Seizures for Border Wall

Tal Kopan, CNN, Nov. 13, 2017 - "Although approval for a new border wall has yet to come, the Trump administration has taken subtle steps to be able to seize land to build one, including by restarting litigation that has laid dormant for years against landowners, according to a new report from Senate...

The Wall: The Real Costs of a Barrier Between the U.S. and Mexico - Brookings

Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings [This is a very long, rich, detailed look at the border wall, with marvelous graphics. It deals with the price tag, smuggling, crime, the U.S. economy, communities and the environment, and much more. Recommended!]