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The US-Mexico border fence with Tijuana, Mexico, on the left, the Pacific Ocean in the background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Josh Denmark

Report - Migration Policy Institute

Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Challenge Decades in the Making

| Jan. 25, 2024

U.S.-Mexico border security has been a central policy matter and divisive political issue in the United States for decades. The U.S. border control enterprise has faced two distinctly different eras of unauthorized migration: The first, from the 1980s through the early 2010s, was addressing overwhelmingly Mexican seasonal adult flows. The current era has been marked first by a rise in arrivals of Central American children and families beginning in 2014, and most recently unprecedented flows of asylum seekers from Latin America and beyond. Earlier strategies that dramatically reduced the levels of illicit border crossings have been no match for the sharply diversified migration patterns of today, with the government struggling to adapt its policy and operational structures.


Signs Hang on the entrance way to Canada via the Rainbow Bridge

AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes

Analysis & Opinions - Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bridge: The Story That Wasn't and the Problem There Is

| Nov. 28, 2023

Reflecting on a vehicle explosion that occurred at the Canada-US border just before Thanksgiving, global fellow Alan Bersin writes on the response by Canadian and US authorities and the lessons to be learned in handling shared security threats.