What I Saw at the U.S.–Mexico Border

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 2

During his recent trips to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Bensman spoke with human smugglers and their migrant customers, as well as border agents and local residents. Bensman shares their stories about the consequences of U.S. policies that have caused the surge of illegal crossings. 

Reports from the U.S.-Mexico Border

In a series of reports from both sides from the border, Todd Bensman explains conditions in the Big Bend and Del Rio Border Patrol Sectors of Texas. 

‘Got-Aways’ at the Border

Inside a Cartel Smuggling Operation Into West Texas

The Border Crisis Comes to a Once-Quiet part of West Texas

House Hearing: Why Don’t They Just Get in Line? Barriers to Legal Immigration

Watch Live at 2:30pm EST

The United States has a generous legal immigration system, admitting more immigrants per year with a path to citizenship than the rest of the world combined. Perhaps it has been too generous, to the detriment of certain American workers.

Addressing Root Causes in the Northern Triangle?

In this report, we explore how the proposed economic assistance funds could be best used to target the root causes of illegal immigration, emphasizing the need for a data-driven plan that would include a Covid-19 vaccination program, an export-expansion program, crime control and family-planning efforts, and a cash payment program for people who agree, on pain of imprisonment, not to go to the U.S.

Amnesty Would Impose Large Costs on Social Security and Medicare

Under current law, illegal immigrants are net contributors to Social Security and Medicare because they partially pay in to entitlement programs but cannot legally receive benefits. By granting eligibility for benefits, however, amnesty would transform illegal immigrants from net contributors into net beneficiaries, imposing steep costs on the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.

Podcast: U.S.–Mexico Border
Podcast: U.S.–Mexico Border
Reports from the Border
Reports from the Border
House Hearing
House Hearing
Addressing Root Causes
Addressing Root Causes
Social Security and Medicare
Social Security and Medicare

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 2

During his recent trips to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Bensman spoke with human smugglers and their migrant customers, as well as border agents and local residents. Bensman shares their stories about the consequences of U.S. policies that have caused the surge of illegal crossings. 

In a series of reports from both sides from the border, Todd Bensman explains conditions in the Big Bend and Del Rio Border Patrol Sectors of Texas. 

‘Got-Aways’ at the Border

Inside a Cartel Smuggling Operation Into West Texas

The Border Crisis Comes to a Once-Quiet part of West Texas

Watch Live at 2:30pm EST

The United States has a generous legal immigration system, admitting more immigrants per year with a path to citizenship than the rest of the world combined. Perhaps it has been too generous, to the detriment of certain American workers.

In this report, we explore how the proposed economic assistance funds could be best used to target the root causes of illegal immigration, emphasizing the need for a data-driven plan that would include a Covid-19 vaccination program, an export-expansion program, crime control and family-planning efforts, and a cash payment program for people who agree, on pain of imprisonment, not to go to the U.S.

Under current law, illegal immigrants are net contributors to Social Security and Medicare because they partially pay in to entitlement programs but cannot legally receive benefits. By granting eligibility for benefits, however, amnesty would transform illegal immigrants from net contributors into net beneficiaries, imposing steep costs on the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.

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ICE Monthly Removals Fall to Lowest Level Ever in April

Fewer than 3,000 removed last month; you won’t see many pictures, but you’ll see the effects

You likely won’t hear many national media outlets talk about the consequences of Biden’s restrictions on ICE enforcement, but you will read in local papers about the new crimes that those removable (but thanks to Biden, unremoved) domestic abusers, sex offenders, and drunk drivers go on to commit. And you’ll see the effects of non-enforcement in your child’s school, the nearby emergency room, and in the unemployment numbers.

Reports Suggest HHS Is Cutting Corners in Vetting Sponsors of Migrant Children

The border issue no one’s talking about — yet.

In February and March, Border Patrol apprehended 27,934 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at the Southwest border. Reports suggesting that the government is cutting corners in its vetting of potential sponsors for those children and their household members is the border issue no one’s talking about — yet.