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16 Apr 2013 | News

Border Security and the Senate Immigration Bill

Today a bipartisan group of senators has released details on their immigration reform bill. A key component of the legislation is related to border control and indicators to assess whether the border is secure.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) will be following the debate over the coming weeks and months to provide analysis of the security buildup on the U.S.-Mexico border and its impact on the migrant population. Here are some of the ongoing resources available from WOLA’s Border Security and Migration project. For further information contact our experts Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer:

•   5 Misconceptions about Border Security: The goal of securing the border is a key provision in the immigration bill. But our current political debate is often based more on misconceptions rather than the facts on the ground and real security strategies. In this piece, WOLA border experts debunk five common myths about security along U.S.-Mexico border.

•   Border Fact Check: Our frequently updated blog separates rhetoric from reality on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border. Our experts analyze current claims in the ongoing political debate.

•   Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants along the U.S.-Mexico Border: A year-long study on border security policy and its impact on the migrant population. This report looks at the impact of the fivefold increase in the size of the U.S. Border Patrol in the last two decades, the changing role of the U.S. military along the border, the challenges in coordination amongst the myriad of law enforcement agencies at the border, as well as the increase in migrant deaths and U.S. deportation practices that are putting migrants at risk. The study’s executive summary can be found here.

•   Border Security Info-Graphics: A series of graphics that help visualize important data—ranging from the number of migrants apprehended per border patrol agent over time, to increasing drug seizures, migration flows and migrant deaths, and other aspects related to border security.

For more information or for press inquiries, please contact:

Kristel Mucino
WOLA Communications Director
(617) 584-1713
[email protected]