The 2019 Tour is Sold Out

Please check back with us this fall for information about a 2020 border trip.

A paradox of natural beauty and civic unrest, the southwest is experiencing another surge in border crossings driven largely by groups of Central Americans claiming asylum. We will return to the region, exploring parts of eastern Arizona and Mexico, on our next border tour.

Jerry Kammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has lived and written extensively on the border, will once again lead our excursion through vast expanses of high desert, grasslands, mountains, and areas of wilderness. Along the way we will receive briefings and tours from the Border Patrol, visit ranchers, and meet with law enforcement officials. A local guide will show us around the Mexican town of Agua Prieta, including stops at a malquiladora, a coffee company, and the first drug tunnel constructed by the notorious El Chapo Guzman. The trip also includes visits to Tucson Mountain Park and the Sonora Desert Museum.

We will see the border from several different perspectives while taking in the captivating landscapes and experiencing the culture of the southwest. These tours are invaluable to anyone seeking to understand illegal immigration. If you are interested in joining us, contact John Wahala at

Read Accounts and View Pictures of Past Tours


Unrest in the Rio Grande Valley
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 

"These tours are intense and joyous adventures packed with knowledge, uncommon scenery, and ebullient mealtimes. The work done in preparation is awe-making. The folks at CIS take care of every detail, enhancing the roster of learning and experiencing with piquant extras. I, inveterate traveler, feel safe, confident, and dazzled from start to finish." - Marion 

"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 

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

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