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Border Security

Drug and Migrant Smuggling Across the US-Mexico Border: An Interview With Natalia Mendoza

When it comes to policy issues at the center of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, drug trafficking and migrant smuggling are near the top of the list. Yet while President Trump is happy to make off-the-cuff comments about criminal aliens or dangerous drug traffickers, it’s much rarer to hear from people who have viewed these issues from the field.

Border Security

Building the Border Wall: An Update

On January 25th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements," marking the first step in building a full-length border wall along the United States’ southern border. The order spurred the U.S. government into action, but the wall’s speedy and complete construction is by no means a done deal.


DHS Implementation Memos Regarding Trump's Immigration EOs: A Summary

The Department of Homeland Security released two implementation memos today providing guidance to DHS personnel regarding President Trump’s Executive Orders restricting immigration and refugee policies. The memos are substantively the same as the copies released over the weekend and dated February 17th, 2017.

Below is an overview of both memoranda.

Border Security

The DHS Border Memo: Ramping Up Expedited Removal and Raising Tensions with Mexico and with Due Process

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has just sent two memos to the White House for review that could fundamentally reshape U.S. immigration enforcement and exacerbate tensions with Mexico. The memos lay the groundwork for reducing procedural safeguards on removal of noncitizens through expanded use of “expedited removal” procedures.

Donald Trump

What Comes Next for Trump's Border Wall?

Yesterday, President Donald Trump took the first step toward constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The executive order that he signed (one of two from yesterday), ordered the federal government to begin planning, designing, and constructing the much-promised wall, shift federal funds toward its construction, and provide a report on the security of the southern border within 180 days.

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Trump's Executive Order on Immigration: A Summary

This afternoon, the Trump administration released the text of a new executive order concerning “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” The stated purpose of the order is to improve national security policy and public safety measures by “direct[ing] executive departments and agencies [] to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation’s southern border, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States and to repatriate i

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