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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Texas lawmaker: ‘The border is safe’

06/15/2016 The Hill

beto o rourkeRep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said Wednesday the U.S.-Mexico border is as safe as it has ever been and any increase in border security funding can only produce “marginal improvement.”

O’Rourke, whose district covers most of El Paso, Texas, across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, insisted border security has been achieved.

“We can no longer concede the premise to the other side. Even when the president of the United States says all these amazing things about our policy vis a vis Mexico and immigration and he says, ‘but first we’ll secure the border.’ Absolutely the wrong way to view this.”

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Mexico’s other border

06/14/2016 MSNBC

migrantesAlong the cocaine corridor that cuts north out of Central America, drug cartels are no longer the primary targets for Mexican police.

Migrants – many young men, mothers and children – are the nation’s new persons of interest.

An unprecedented number of Central Americans have been rounded up, arrested and deported by Mexican authorities over the last two years, part of a new crackdown on migration along the country’s southern border.

The result has effectively outsourced a solution to the United States’ most pressing concerns for its own borders. As deportations in Mexico rose, illegal border crossings in the U.S. dipped.

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Building Borders That Foster Security And Prosperity In North America

5/24/2016 Forbes

san-ysidro-border-crossing-by-flickr-user-otzbergBy Earl Anthony Wayne and Christopher Wilson

Canada, Mexico and the United States are collaborating to enhance security and foster prosperity at North America’s borders, while respecting each nation’s sovereignty.  Prime Minister Trudeau, President Peña Nieto and President Obama can give this effort a big boost when they meet for the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) on June 29 in Canada.  Given the contentious nature of the public and political debates about border security right now, it will be especially important for the leaders to articulate clearly what it means to build twenty-first century borders that are smart, effective, and meet both the security and competitiveness needs of North America. They should also bless a strong, substantive work agenda to make those objectives reality.

The three countries trade some $3.6 billion in goods and services each day.  Over a million citizens of the three nations cross the borders as part of their daily routine.  Border management tasks are enormous.  But, officials, the private sector and the many states, provinces and cities that benefit from border trade and travel see the tremendous value of a North America in which borders are places of connection and cooperation at least as much as division.  Around our borders, the three governments fight illicit activity; help our economies by facilitating legal trade and transit; and work to protect all three societies from threats ranging from terrorism to invasive species and diseases.

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