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Mexican Cartels Patrol Border with Drones

There are legions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, and they do not belong to the United States. They are owned and operated by Mexican drug cartels, and there’s nothing we can currently do to stop them.

Mexico Must Step Up Immigration Enforcement

There are rising fears that the United States could see a repeat of the 2014 massive influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the challenge comes down to a matter of incentive.

CBP’s Global Entry – An Easy Win for Homeland Security

Much ink has been spilled over the balance between security and personal privacy. When it comes to immigration, I began thinking about where our national security apparatus could do a better job of things. Growing the CBP’s Global Entry program is one way to get there.

After Paris attack, Heightened Concerns for Illegal Immigration

Need another good example of why border security and immigration enforcement are important? Paris.

Deal with Illegal Immigration With an Exit-Tracking System

In the debate over how to address illegal immigration to the United States, some have cautioned that a rigorous effort to enforce visa laws can lead to profiling and potentially a violation of civil rights. That’s a fair concern, and it’s one that can be addressed if we provide U.S. law enforcement with the tools to do their job. That means an exit-tracking system.

Improving Customer Service, Security at Customs and Border

Jobs through additional customer spending can be created at our nation’s airports through improved Customs and Border Protection (CBP) customer service if CBP and the private sector work better together on this issue. Moreover, it will improve security.

FOIA Request Delivers New CBP Data on Customer Complaints, Compliments

Newly released data from Customs and Border Protection shows that for calendar year 2014, the agency received more than 7,200 complaints and compliments, more than 30% of which were related to employee conduct.

United States Unprepared to Meet Threat From Mass Migration

When it comes to border security, lines of razor-wire and soldiers is a proposition some in the United States might support, but from experience, we know this is woefully insufficient to keep a border secure and large-scale migration in check.

Mexican Energy Reform is Gateway to Improve U.S. Security

When we talk about border security, we often focus on what the United States should do to stop illegal crossings. Less often discussed, however, is what can be done in Mexico (and elsewhere in Latin America) to dampen the desire to illegally enter the United States in the first place. One surefire way to achieve this: economic development.

Happy Anniversary, Coasties

On August 4, 1790, the U.S. Congress authorized then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to create a maritime service to enforce customs laws. President George Washington signed this bill, creating the United States Coast Guard (USCG).