Recognizing Changing Enforcement and Crossing Trends at the U.S.-Mexico Border



In the midst of efforts to further ramp up enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border even as illegal crossings are a fraction of what they were at their peak in 2000, MPI research sketches the changing realities at the border and offers data that should help inform the policy debate.

This discussion features the release of two MPI publications that provide a comprehensive analysis of U.S. immigration enforcement at the border and the Consequence Delivery System used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to analyze the effectiveness of its efforts, as well as map the significant changes in Mexican crossing trends and intent to re-enter the United States after deportation.

The discussion, moderated by MPI’s Doris Meissner, features MPI Director of Research Randy Capps, former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, and former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Arturo Sarukhan. As the Trump administration and Congress consider the future of border policy and funding proposals for a border wall, this discussion evaluates the state of the border, the effectiveness of various enforcement strategies, current trends in apprehensions and the flows of migrants, and what the changing realities mean for the migration policies and agendas of the United States, Mexico, and the region

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