Panel Video: Cartels, Human Smuggling, and the Asylum Surge

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Reports and Panel Media
Report: Border Asylum Claims Up Tenfold Since 2009
Book: The Hunt for Maan Singh
Panel Announcement: Cartels, Human Smuggling, and the Asylum Surge
Panel Transcript: Cartels, Human Smuggling, and the Asylum Surge
Date: October 19, 2016, at 3:30pm
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Large numbers of illegal aliens demanding asylum continue to arrive at the U.S. southwest border with the help of transnational criminal organizations. The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 19, focusing on the asylum surge, the policies which have created the influx, the cartels' role in this phenomenon, and policy prescriptions to address it.

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Introduction by Mark Krikorian

Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
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Statement by Jesssica Vaughan

Ms. Vaughan serves as the Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. Mrs. Vaughan covers the operational side of the Center's immigration research, including immigration enforcement, visa programs and benefits adjudication. Prior to joining the Center, Mrs. Vaughan was a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. Much of Ms. Vaughan's research and writing focuses on immigration and crime, including a Department of Justice-funded project studying the use of immigration law enforcement in transnational gang suppression efforts. .”
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Discussion by Hipolito Acosta and A.J Irwin

Mr. Acosta, one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Nationalization Service, rose through the ranks from Border Patrol Agent to District Director, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in Houston. He is the author of The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels and co-author with A.J. Irwin of The Hunt for Maan Singh, the story of the largest alien smuggling organization ever dismantled in United States history.
Mr. Irwin, a highly decorated former federal agent, led ICE investigative operations for the central corridor of the United States. He served as lead case agent in the largest corporate criminal immigration investigation in U.S. history and the largest human trafficking investigation, leading to the prosecution of three separate criminal organizations. He is the co-author of The Hunt for Maan Singh, which describes the covert operation that destroyed a worldwide smuggling syndicate.
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Question and Answer Session

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