Point/Counterpoint: Should Mexican Cartels Be Designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations?

President Trump revealed that his administration was in a process of designating as Foreign Terrorist Organizations at least some Mexican drug cartels. Two CIS fellows present arguments for and against the FTO designation for Mexican cartels.

Dan Cadman: "It's Time to Designate Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations"

Todd Bensman: "Hold Off: Designating Mexican Cartels as Terrorists Could Dilute War on Jihadists"

Book Event: Open Borders Inc.

Author and columnist Michelle Malkin discusses her new book, "Open Borders Inc.: Who's Funding America's Destruction?". The event was hosted by SafeBoston on November 22nd and was moderated by Jessica Vaughan, the Center's Director of Policy Studies.

Panel Transcript

Panel Video

New York Green-Light Law Creates Serious and Unprecedented Hurdles for Immigration Enforcement

New York State has followed the lead of several other states to diminish the amount of documentary evidence needed to secure a driver's license in that state. On June 17, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act, commonly known as the "Green-Light law".

New Data Shows Falloff in Immigration in 2017

Decline does not reflect recent surge at southwest border

A new analysis shows 1.45 million new legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States in 2017, less than the 1.75 million in 2016 or the 1.62 million in 2015

The decline in arrivals in 2017 may be due to the increased enforcement efforts, lower refugee admissions, and more robust vetting of applicants undertaken by the Trump administration.

Panel: Terrorist Migration Across Europe's Borders

The Center for Immigration Studies held a panel discussion on how migration and terrorism have combined to be a destructive force in Europe and what America can learn from the European experience. The starting point for conversation was a report documenting Europe's migrant terrorism experience, analyzing the U.S. threat, and proposing U.S. border security improvements.

Read the report.

Designate Cartels as Foreign Terrorists?
Designate Cartels as Foreign Terrorists?
Book Event: Open Borders Inc.
Book Event: Open Borders Inc.
New York Green-Light Law
New York Green-Light Law
Data: Immigration Decline in 2017
Data: Immigration Decline in 2017
Panel: Terrorist Migration
Panel: Terrorist Migration

President Trump revealed that his administration was in a process of designating as Foreign Terrorist Organizations at least some Mexican drug cartels. Two CIS fellows present arguments for and against the FTO designation for Mexican cartels.

Dan Cadman: "It's Time to Designate Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations"

Todd Bensman: "Hold Off: Designating Mexican Cartels as Terrorists Could Dilute War on Jihadists"

Author and columnist Michelle Malkin discusses her new book, "Open Borders Inc.: Who's Funding America's Destruction?". The event was hosted by SafeBoston on November 22nd and was moderated by Jessica Vaughan, the Center's Director of Policy Studies.

Panel Transcript

Panel Video

New York State has followed the lead of several other states to diminish the amount of documentary evidence needed to secure a driver's license in that state. On June 17, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act, commonly known as the "Green-Light law".

Decline does not reflect recent surge at southwest border

A new analysis shows 1.45 million new legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States in 2017, less than the 1.75 million in 2016 or the 1.62 million in 2015

The decline in arrivals in 2017 may be due to the increased enforcement efforts, lower refugee admissions, and more robust vetting of applicants undertaken by the Trump administration.

The Center for Immigration Studies held a panel discussion on how migration and terrorism have combined to be a destructive force in Europe and what America can learn from the European experience. The starting point for conversation was a report documenting Europe's migrant terrorism experience, analyzing the U.S. threat, and proposing U.S. border security improvements.

Read the report.

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CBP Encounters at Southwest Border Fall for Sixth Straight Month, No Thanks to Congress

'It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world'

On December 9, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its latest statistics on aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol between the ports of entry, and aliens deemed inadmissible by CBP officers at those ports, along the Southwest border. In November 2019, those numbers were down for the sixth straight month, and were just less than 30 percent of what they had been in May.

Pensacola Shooting Shows Limits of Foreign Vetting

An intelligence failure that demonstrates the need for travel restrictions

It would be a mistake and a disservice to his victims to view Alshamrani's actions in a vacuum, as a one-off attack by a disturbed individual. The State Department should use this incident to review and reinforce its visa-vetting processes. There was an intelligence failure somewhere along the way that needs to be plugged. And fast.