Border security is tougher than ever, DHS report finds

9/18/2017 The Washington Post

Sneaking across the U.S. border from Mexico is tougher than ever before, and U.S. agents are catching or stopping the majority of those who attempt to do so, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.

The report, published last week by the agency’s Office of Immigration Statistics, estimates that 55 to 85 percent of attempted illegal border crossings are unsuccessful, up from 35 to 70 percent a decade ago. In one telling sign of the difficulty, the number of illegal migrants and deportees who make repeated attempts to get in has also fallen dramatically, because so many would-be migrants are giving up.

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After the Storm in U.S.-Mexico Relations

3/31/2017 The Wilson Quarterly

Articles by Duncan Wood, Christopher Wilson, Andrew Selee, Eric L. Olson, Earl Anthony Wayne & Arturo Sarukhan

The relationship between Mexico and the United States is facing its most severe test in decades. Although a new tone and new ideas are needed, the economic, political, and security fundamentals matter more than ever.

Browse the full Winter 2017 issue of Wilson Quarterly here…

Leveraging the U.S.-Mexico Relationship to Strengthen Our Economies, by Christopher Wilson

A New Migration Agenda Between the United States and Mexico, by Andrew Selee

The Merida Initiative and Shared Responsibility in U.S.-Mexico Security Relations, by Eric L. Olson

U.S.-Mexico Energy and Climate Collaboration, by Duncan Wood

Toward a North American Foreign Policy Footprint, by Earl Anthony Wayne & Arturo Sarukhan

 

Drug tunnel equipped with lights, ventilation discovered at US-Mexico border

10/26/16 Reuters

Sarajevo_tunnel_3.jpgA long cross-border drug tunnel has been discovered running beneath Mexico towards the US. Starting at a house, the tunnel was well equipped for transiting loads of drugs which were allegedly bound for buyers in America. The tunnel was found 23 feet (7 meters) underground, according to Mexican prosecutors. It measured nine feet (3 meters) wide and four feet (1.2 meters) tall, and was 1,689 feet (514 meters) long. It was equipped with ventilation and lighting, and had rails for pushing packages of drugs through the passageway.

It began at a house in Tijuana, Mexico, where prosecutors found more than “two metric tons of marijuana,” AP reported. Prosecutors originally estimated that five tons of marijuana could be inside the house, but were unable to enter the premises without court permission.

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The Crumbling Case for a Mexican Border Wall

09/06/2016 The New York Times

Border fenceIs there actually a case for the Wall?

Donald Trump’s boast to build a “big, beautiful” wall along the southern border clearly provided a lift to his candidacy, arguably delivering him the Republican presidential nomination. Along with his promise to deport millions of immigrants who are living in the United States without legal authorization, it remains the leitmotif of his campaign, despite occasional bursts of softer rhetoric.

Mr. Trump is not wrong that immigration from Mexico and other countries in the poorer south over the last quarter-century has injured some American workers who competed with immigrants in the job market. It is not his concern alone; similar fears are shared by organized labor and others on the left of the political spectrum. Improbable as this may sound, the question he raises is legitimate.

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Baker Institute paper: Mexico’s efforts to secure southern border falling short

08/11/2016 Rice University

children-northern-mexico-credit-kelly-donlan2_0Mexico launched the Comprehensive Plan for the Southern Border (CPSB) in 2014 in an attempt to manage increased migration flows from Central America. But two years after the plan’s implementation, it has yet to accomplish its goals of securing Mexico’s southern border, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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U.S., Mexican diplomats emphasize trade ties

08/05/2016 Albuquerque Journal

us mex flagEL PASO – In a joint public address, top U.S. and Mexican diplomats called for greater cooperation during a U.S. political season in which rhetoric around border security and cross-border trade has often been active.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson and Carlos Sada, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. – each sworn in to their posts in May – spoke about the importance of the two nations’ trade relationship.

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Border Facilitation

06/29/2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

airplaneAn efficient and competitive North American economy is vital for the prosperity of Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans across the continent.

To ensure our shared economy remains efficient and competitive, we will reduce barriers to trade and commerce between our three countries, and streamline the flow of legitimate goods and trusted travelers across our borders.

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