Panel Video: The Border Crisis


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The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 26, focusing on the crisis at the border. Former ICE acting director Thomas Homan, Texas sheriff Andy Louderback, and the Center’s Andrew Arthur highlighted the national and local impacts and solutions to this looming humanitarian and national-security disaster.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Introduction and Moderator

Mark Krikorian
Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies


Thomas Homan
Thomas Homan is the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a role to which he was appointed in 2017. He had previously worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and served as a Border Patrol agent and investigator before being named executive associate director of ICE in 2013.

Sheriff AJ "Andy" Louderback
Andy Louderback is the Sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, where he is currently serving his fourth term. He is a 35-year law enforcement veteran, and is currently the Legislative Chairman of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas (SAT), where he previously served as president.

Andrew Arthur
Andrew Arthur is Resident Fellow in Law and Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies. He formerly served for eight years as an Immigration Judge at the York Immigration Court in York, Pa., as well as performing oversight for Congress and in the INS National Security Law division.

Panel Statements

Introduction by Mark Krikorian


Statement by Andrew Arthur


Statement by AJ "Andy" Louderback


Statement by Thomas Homan (Audio Only)

Download Audio of Thomas Homan's Statement


Question and Answer

What Can the U.S. Do About Cartels?


What Question Would You Like Asked at the Democratic Debates?


Are the Criticisms of Detention Centers Warranted?


Does the Federal Government Need a Border Czar?


Can Local Law Enforcement Help with Border Enforcement?


Panel Clips

Who is Responsible for the Border Patrol Being Overwhelmed?


Who are the Border Patrol Apprehending?

Panel Clip: Changes are Needed to the Flores Settlement


Panel Clip: Changes are Needed to TVPRA


Panel Clip: Changes are Needed to Credible Fear Screening