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  • Backgrounder posted June 22, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., Jena Baker McNeill, Jessica Zuckerman The Human Tragedy of Illegal Immigration: Greater Efforts Needed to Combat Smuggling and Violence

    Abstract: Over the past 10 years, traversing the U.S.–Mexico border illegally has become increasingly dangerous for would-be immigrants. Illegal immigrants face kidnapping, murder, and rape at the hands of violent drug cartels and ever more ruthless human smugglers. Crossing treacherous desert areas exposes the travelers to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Hundreds of…

  • Backgrounder posted April 26, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. U.S. Strategy Against Mexican Drug Cartels: Flawed and Uncertain

    Abstract: Mexican drug cartels virtually rule large parts of Mexico, with violence and murder spilling across the U.S. border. In 2009, the death toll reached a high of more than 9,000. While the Obama Administration should be commended for its continuation of the Bush Administration’s Mérida Initiative, President Obama and his Cabinet have gone too far…

  • Issue Brief posted February 20, 2013 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman U.S.–Mexico Border: Tighter Border Security Requires Mexico’s Cooperation

    As the debate over immigration reform heats up, the topic of border security—especially on the southwest border with Mexico—looms larger. Washington policymakers ask: How many miles of fence, how many Border Patrol agents, how many billions of tax dollars will be enough to finally “secure” the border? There is no easy answer. Airtight border security is more an abstract…

  • Backgrounder posted May 13, 2008 by James M. Roberts, Israel Ortega How Reforms in Mexico Could Make the U.S. More Secure

    Felipe Calderón, who began his single sexenio (six-year term) as President of Mexico in December 2006, has made significant progress in the fight against narcotrafficking, but Mexicans are still waiting to see whether his government will successfully chal­lenge the private- and public-sector monopolies and duopolies that dominate huge portions of mexico economy. These…

  • Commentary posted May 20, 2010 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Ray Walser, Ph.D. What We Shouldn't Be Doing to 'Help' Mexico

    Mexican President Felipe Calderón is in Washington for a two day state visit from May 19-20. He and President Obama have a lot to talk about, ranging from reaffirming a shared commitment to the North American Free Trade Agreement to the vital need for both countries to emphasize competitiveness, technological innovation, and creative entrepreneurship. In Mexico, these…

  • WebMemo posted May 18, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Mexico’s President Visits Washington: Time for a Responsible Neighbor Policy

    Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s visit to Washington on May 19–20 highlights the complex nature of America’s critical relationship with its southern neighbor. President Obama will honor Calderón with a lavish state dinner, and the Mexican leader will address the U.S. Congress. The visit will set the tone for relations for the remainder for the Calderon and Obama…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2009 by Bruce Allen How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy and the Environment

    Abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that offshore oil and gas production harms the surrounding environment. This blanket "wisdom" ignores the fact that the largest source of marine hydrocarbon pollution is offshore natural oil seepage. It also ignores the fact that offshore oil production has lowered the amount of oil released into the ocean by reducing natural oil…

  • Special Report posted June 15, 2010 by Nicolas Loris, Claude G. Berube, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Ben Lieberman, Jack Spencer, Matt A. Mayer Stopping the Slick, Saving the Environment: A Framework for Response, Recovery, and Resiliency

    Executive Summary On April 20, 2010, the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a mas­sive, continuing release of underground oil. Washington must develop a comprehensive response to the crisis that mitigates damage, promotes economic and environmental recovery, and delivers solutions to ensure resiliency in the face of…

  • Issue Brief posted July 8, 2014 by Ana Quintana U.S. Foreign Assistance to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

    Current proposals in Congress would cut foreign assistance in response to the crisis at the border. As Congress considers any measures, it should be careful not to disrupt programs that serve U.S. interests and address the security conditions that have contributed to this problem. In particular, programs such as those run by the Department of Defense and other relevant…

  • Lecture posted October 3, 2007 by the Honorable Lamar Smith Immigration: Many Questions, A Few Answers

    Delivered July 30, 2007 immigration has become the most controversial, complex, and sensitive subject we face today. It directly affects our economy, our culture, and our future. To ensure that any action we take on immigration policy is in our national interest, we need to approach the subject with reason and facts. The astronomer Carl Sagan once said,…

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