Border and Port Security

Backgrounder

U.S.-Mexico Border Woes

Author: Esther Pan

As U.S. public opinion increasingly favors stronger immigration controls, the Senate considers a bill that would impose harsh penalties on illegal immigrants. The U.S.-Mexican relationship has suffered as a result.

See more in Mexico; Border and Port Security

Event

The Closing of the American Border

In his new book, Edward Alden goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the Bush administration’s struggle to balance security and openness in the wake of the worst ever attack on U.S. soil. Based on extensive interviews with the Bush administration officials charged with securing the border after 9/11, the book shows how an administration that appeared united in the aftermath of the attacks was wracked by internal divisions over how to balance security and openness. We hope you and a guest will join us for a discussion of the book and U.S. immigration policy.

See more in Immigration; United States; Border and Port Security

Event

The Closing of the American Border

In his new book, Edward Alden goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the Bush administration's struggle to balance security and openness in the wake of the worst ever attack on U.S. soil. Based on extensive interviews with the Bush administration officials charged with securing the border after 9/11, the book shows how an administration that appeared united in the aftermath of the attacks was wracked by internal divisions over how to balance security and openness. We hope you and a guest will join us for a discussion of the book and U.S. immigration policy.

See more in North America; Immigration; Border and Port Security

Event

U.S. Immigration Policy: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

The Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy argues that the failure to reform immigration laws and procedures threatens to harm America’s economy, jeopardize its diplomacy, and weaken its national security. It makes the case that maintaining America’s political and economic leadership depends on attracting talented and hard-working immigrants, and on securing the country’s borders in a smart, effective, and humane way. The report urges Congress and the administration to undertake a new comprehensive reform effort with three central components: the creation of a more efficient legal immigration system that responds to labor market needs and enhances U.S. competitiveness; a strong enforcement regime that secures U.S. borders and ends the hiring of unauthorized workers; and a program of earned legalization that will offer an opportunity for many illegal immigrants to earn the right to remain in the United States. 

See more in Congresses, Parliaments, National Legislatures; Border and Port Security; United States