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Border Patrol Implements Much-Needed Academy Revamping

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 23, 2017

After an 11-year hiatus, a once-mandatory component of the U.S. Border Patrol academy in Artesia, N.M., is making a logical return along with a much-needed expansion of the overall curriculum. Read more...

AG Sessions Should Enhance Border Security by Improving Dismal Prosecution Rates

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 7, 2017

President Trump demonstrated his serious intent to address a problem that has been worsening for some years by signing of executive orders that officially authorized construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, ceased the frustrating "catch and release" policy imposed on the Border Patrol by the Obama administration, and called for hiring more Border Patrol and ICE agents. For Trump's plan to work, his administration — in particular Attorney General Jeff Sessions — also needs to fix the problem of dismal prosecution rates of illegal aliens apprehended by Border Patrol. Read more...

Feds Fail Another Long Island Town with Violent El Salvadoran Immigrant Gangs

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 3, 2017

The relentless gang violence on Long Island, N.Y., fueled by the surge of youths and families from El Salvador is reaching a fever pitch that officials are confronting head-on, despite being left in the dark by federal agencies who fail to communicate new arrival trends and details on resettlement activities to local officials. Read more...

Losing Remittances Is Real Source of Mexico's Angst with Trump's Immigration Policy

By Joseph J. Kolb, February 15, 2017

Last week more than 20,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Mexico City to protest the roll-out of President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement effort. A likely Mexican presidential candidate took to the streets of Los Angeles, home to the largest illegal-immigrant population in the country, advocating for his countrymen's rights to stay in the United States. Even the Mexican government chimed in, vowing to spend millions of dollars to bolster its consulates to intentionally clog the American immigration court system.

This latter act of international intrusion in another country's functioning is Mexico's way of obfuscating that its reaction to Trump's promised immigration enforcement policy, which has already netted more than 600 criminal aliens, is not about altruism or solidarity with their countrymen who made the trek north; it's about the lucrative remittance stream that could dwindle and have a significant impact on the Mexican economy. Read more...

Survey of Salvadoran Migration Trends

By Joseph J. Kolb, December 19, 2016

A recently released survey conducted by an El Salvadoran marketing and research firm has revealed trends and attitudes among past and prospective immigrants to the United States. Read more...

ICE Relies on El Paso Migrant Shelter to Accomodate Flood of Central American Immigrants

By Joseph J. Kolb, December 14, 2016

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, has been a respite for immigrants for nearly 40 years, but is currently struggling to service the flood of immigrants from Central America referred to it directly by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more...

Border Apprehensions of Unaccompanied Alien Children Skyrocketed Ahead of Election

By Joseph J. Kolb, November 23, 2016

In the three months leading up to the presidential election, U.S. Customs and Border Protection experienced a spike in apprehensions not seen in years.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics there were 46,195 apprehensions along the Southwest Border in October, the first month of FY 17. CBP hasn't seen such a spike in apprehensions since June of FY 14 when there were 57,862 apprehensions. In the three months leading up to the presidential election there were 122,744 apprehensions along the Southwest border, compared to 86,975 and 92,525 for same period in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Read more...