Tag: Border Wall

Promise to ‘Build the Wall’ Hurts Businesses and Residents Along the Border 

Written by on January 17, 2019 in Border Enforcement, Economics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Promise to ‘Build the Wall’ Hurts Businesses and Residents Along the Border 

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, many individuals, families, and businesses around the country are struggling. At the heart of the shutdown and budget standoff is President Trump’s promise to “build the wall.” Yet for many people and businesses along the border, this is the last thing they want.   Ahead of President Trump’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, business owners and leaders […]

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Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security

Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security

There is no doubt that a thoughtful conversation needs to be had around border security. However, it must be grounded in the realities of who is actually arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico, the reasons they are coming, and what the most pragmatic and humane response to them is. In the past several years, […]

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No End In Sight as Shutdown Over Trump’s Border Wall Enters Third Week

Written by on January 4, 2019 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
No End In Sight as Shutdown Over Trump’s Border Wall Enters Third Week

Roughly 25 percent of the federal government closed on December 22 after President Trump declared his intent to veto any funding bill that didn’t contain five billion dollars for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Thirteen days later, much of the government remains on a shutdown, with Republican Senate leadership currently refusing to move […]

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In the Face of a Shutdown, Trump and Congress Delay Border Wall Fight Until December

Written by on September 27, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
In the Face of a Shutdown, Trump and Congress Delay Border Wall Fight Until December

President Trump announced on Wednesday that he plans to sign a spending bill that will fund some federal agencies for the entire fiscal year, as well as provide a short-term fix for six others through December 7. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is among those agencies funded only through December. Congressional Republicans had urged […]

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For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

Written by on September 10, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

The Pentagon recently announced that up to 4,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border through September 2019, following a 12-month extension authorized by Defense Secretary James Mattis. But the nature of the military service members’ work at the border—which is mostly menial labor—will still cost millions. The original deployment order, set […]

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Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, News Flash with 0 Comments
Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The United States Senate has confirmed Kevin McAleenan to serve as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan has been a member of CBP leadership since 2006, serving as the port director of Los Angeles International Airport and then as acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations overseeing the agency’s 329 ports […]

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Trump Claims the Wall Will ‘Pay for Itself’ – That Isn’t True

Written by on March 16, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Economics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Trump Claims the Wall Will ‘Pay for Itself’ – That Isn’t True

Contrary to much overblown rhetoric, President Trump’s preeminent symbol of immigration enforcement—The Wall—is not a cost-effective way to enhance the security of the U.S.-Mexico border. The direct costs of the border wall are likely much higher than the Trump administration’s estimates; and indirect economic and social benefits which a wall might yield are much smaller […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda. The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has […]

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Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

Border apprehensions, which is the main indicator used to examine how many people are attempting to enter the United States are at record lows not seen since the 1970s. A September report released by the Department of Homeland Security also indicates the U.S.-Mexico border is now more secure than ever before. Yet despite these trends, […]

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The House Approves $10 Billion for Trump’s Border Wall

Written by on October 5, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
The House Approves $10 Billion for Trump’s Border Wall

In an effort to fulfill the harsh requirements of the immigration executive order released during the Trump administration’s first week in office, the House Homeland Security Committee passed the Border Security for America Act, H.R. 3548, out of committee on a party line vote on Wednesday. The timing of the Committee’s vote is significant—it likely […]

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