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The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The effectiveness of immigration enforcement policies in the United States cannot simply be reduced to removal numbers. In other words, the system’s functionality and fairness cannot be determined by counting how many individuals a president deports each year. An honest analysis should include an understanding of what belies the numbers, as well as a look [...]

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Congressional Hearing Illustrates Nativist Manipulation of “Border Security”

Congressional Hearing Illustrates Nativist Manipulation of “Border Security”

The concept of “border security” is inherently ambiguous. After all, we live in a world where no international border can be completely sealed. The risk that a bad guy will come across the border—by land, sea, or air—can never be reduced to zero, no matter how much money or manpower is funneled into border-security operations. [...]

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The U.S. Has Been Implementing an “Enforcement-First” Immigration Policy for More Than a Decade

The U.S. Has Been Implementing an “Enforcement-First” Immigration Policy for More Than a Decade

Anti-immigrant activists often say that we must first enforce current U.S. immigration laws before even considering any reforms that might grant legal status to unauthorized immigrants already living in the country. However, as the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) documents in a comprehensive new report (and a more condensed Report in Brief), that is what we [...]

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DHS’s Current Southern Border Enforcement Strategy a Bust, Group Says

DHS’s Current Southern Border Enforcement Strategy a Bust, Group Says

A comprehensive new report finds that the fortification of the U.S.-Mexico border which began two decades ago has reached the limits of its effectiveness, has produced severe negative side effects, and should be systematically re-evaluated. In Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, the Washington Office on Latin America and the [...]

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Human Rights Abuses Along U.S.-Mexico Border Underscore Need for Reform

Human Rights Abuses Along U.S.-Mexico Border Underscore Need for Reform

U.S. immigration and border-enforcement policies have precipitated a litany of human-rights abuses along the U.S.-Mexico border, from the needless deaths of border-crossers to inhumane conditions in immigration detention to the racial profiling of entire Latino and indigenous communities. That was the principal finding of the human rights groups which presented testimony at a recent hearing [...]

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New Report Analyzes Fatal Flaws of U.S. Border-Enforcement Strategy

New Report Analyzes Fatal Flaws of U.S. Border-Enforcement Strategy

The federal government’s current approach to border security is dangerously misguided. Border-enforcement resources are directed at what gets smuggled across the border—people, drugs, guns, money—rather than who is doing the smuggling; namely, the transnational criminal organizations based in Mexico which are commonly referred to as the “cartels.” If the U.S. government wants to get serious [...]

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