Center for American Progress

: The State of US/Mexico Border Security
Past Event

The State of US/Mexico Border Security

Assessing the Past, Present and Future From the Early Build Up to Today and Beyond

12:00 - 1:30 PM EDT

Immigration reform opponents persist in leveling sensational—and often patently false—claims meant to scare the public about border violence and insecurity. The reality, however, is that surges in manpower, technology, and physical infrastructure have fundamentally enhanced the Border Patrol’s ability to prevent and intercept unauthorized migrants and smugglers.

Illegal immigration flows at our southern border have slowed dramatically and recent reports highlight that violent crime rates along the U.S.-Mexico border have been falling for years and that border cities of all sizes have maintained crime rates below the national average.

This panel of distinguished experts and officials will help separate fact from fiction in the debate over border security. The participants will discuss how far we’ve come since the border buildup began 18 years ago and what additional steps we need to take to enhance the integrity and safety of our border.

Featured panelists:
Alan Bersin, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program

Moderated by:
Marshall Fitz, Director of Immigration Policy at Center For American Progress