CIS Border Tours

The Center has hosted six tours of the United States border, covering nearly the entire Southwest and northern New York and Vermont. These excursions are led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and CIS Senior Research Fellow Jerry Kammer, who has spent years reporting on border issues from various locales. They include multiple perspectives from both sides of the border. We meet with government officials, locals, and journalists, as we explore the geography and character of a particular region and gain invaluable insights on immigration.

We will have information on our next tour around the first of the year. Please contact John Wahala at if you are interested in joining us.

Read accounts and view pictures of past tours:

Diligence on a Changing Canadian Border

Constant Activity on the California Border

Holding Steady in West Texas

A Washington Narrative Meets Reality

Sunshine, Saguaros, and Smugglers

Reflections from the Border

Testimonials from Past Guests:

"All I can say is top notch, incredibly well-done. These tours are can't miss." - Jim

"Every American should come see the state of the southwest border." - Linda

"The various people we met brought into stark relief the magnitude of the problems the nation faces arising from illegal immigration." - Allan

"You promised we would not get the usual Border Patrol spin job or fed the Janet Napolitano line about how border security has improved, and you were right. We heard and saw at many dangerous border sites from local ranchers, a veteran customs agent, border residents and brave journalists who really knew their stuff, the dismal truth about how our federal government has failed to protect American citizens." - Don

"We thought the arrangements to meet these extraordinary people were superb, as was the guidance and logistics on the entire trip. Thanks for all you did to make our visits such memorable experiences." - Don

"It was an outstanding trip. So much experience and information packed into just a few days. Thanks for the excellent arrangements!" - Sarah