WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Program Theme

Alternatives to a Costly Border Buildup

The Trump administration’s call to build a border wall is not only costly and unnecessary, it represents an approach to the region based on hostility and fear. Rapidly increasing the number of Border Patrol agents, without proper vetting or training, risks making the force more abusive and less accountable. WOLA examines the impact of border security spending in the United States and proposes alternative policies aligned with the the actual needs and priorities of border communities, not the politically expedient ones. We also monitor U.S.-backed security efforts at Mexico’s southern border.