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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Texas Rio Grande Wall Project by Crowdfunded Nonprofit Builder Runs Aground on Litigation

The McAllen U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of Texas has sued to temporarily halt construction of a private border security wall along 3.5 miles of privately held Rio Grande floodplain, to ensure that Fisher Industries, which is working with its minority partner, the nonprofit, crowd-funded We Build the Wall, Inc., obtains the necessary federal approvals first.
Topics: Border Wall

Nibble, Nibble: House Votes to Extend E Visas to Portuguese Business People

The House of Representatives has decided — in one of those no-hearings, unrecorded vote operations — to extend the Treaty Investors and Treaty Traders nonimmigrant program to Portugal. It was one of those furtive moves by which the open-borders types expand migration to the United States a little bit at a time, while drawing a minimal amount of attention, and certainly no public policy debates

Is Encouraging or Inducing the Illegal Entry of Aliens 'Constitutionally Protected Speech'?

The case will be heard this term and only time will tell whether or not the Supreme Court will uphold the statute. I'd like to think so, but Justice Gorsuch is an open question. It was not long ago that, joining with the liberal side of the SCOTUS bench, he eviscerated an immigration statute governing alien aggravated felons, stating in his opinion that the phrase "crime of violence" was unconstitutionally vague. I'm still puzzling over that one.