Border Security Doesn’t Yield Consistent Results (CRS)

04.22.16 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

Border security to prevent unauthorized migration along the U.S-Mexico border is a dynamic and challenging problem that has not consistently been mitigated by allocating increased resources, such as fencing and surveillance, says a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.

“Robust investments at the border were not associated with reduced unauthorized inflows during the 1980s and 1990s, but a range of evidence suggests a substantial drop in unauthorized inflows from 2007 to 2011, followed by a rise from 2012 to 2014 and a decrease in 2015,” CRS said. See Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry, updated April 19, 2016.

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following.

DHS Appropriations FY2016: Protection, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, updated April 18, 2016

Escalating Violence in El Salvador, CRS Insight, updated April 20, 2016

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy, updated April 15, 2016

Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy, updated April 18, 2016

What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies, April 20, 2016

Funding for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CSS) at DOE: In Brief, April 19, 2016

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP): Issues in Brief, updated April 19, 2016

Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process, updated April 19, 2016

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement, April 19, 2016