The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion on February 21 featuring three reporters who have covered the border crisis from the frontlines. Their on-the-ground field reporting in Central America, Mexico, and along the U.S.-Mexico border – far from Washington, D.C. – reflects the stories and actions of the primary sources: the migrants, law enforcement, and the residents impacted by the millions of foreign nationals coming to America.
The conversation centered around a new book, “OVERRUN: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History”, authored by Todd Bensman – the Center’s Texas-based Senior National Security Fellow and a former counterterrorism intelligence practitioner and journalist. Bensman writes, “Unfortunately, a fog of fierce partisanship in the media obscures that fact that the border crisis is even happening, as well as basic truths Americans desperately need to know about this historic event.”
Bensman was joined by Chuck Holton, a freelance correspondent who resides in Panama and has reported extensively on immigration throughout South and Central America and Mexico and Charlotte Cuthbertson, a senior reporter for the Epoch Times who covers the Texas border while living in a small border town.
Todd Bensman, the Center's Texas-based Senior National Security Fellow and author of “Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History” and “America’s Covert Border War: The Untold Story of the Nation’s Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration”. Prior to joining CIS, Bensman led homeland security intelligence efforts for nine years in the public sector. Bensman’s body of work with policy and intelligence operations is founded on more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning journalist covering national security topics, with particular focus on the Texas border.
Chuck Holton, the author of seven books, is a freelance correspondent and an award winning war reporter. He resides in Panama, where he has written extensively on the migration foot trails through the Darien Gap jungle and on migration throughout Mexico and South America. He reports for the Christian Broadcasting Network and has a video podcast entitled “The Hot Zone with Chuck Holton”.
Charlotte Cuthbertson, a senior reporter for the Epoch Times who covers the Texas border. For the past two years, Charlotte has lived on the border, where she has witnessed the crisis firsthand. She has seen and analyzed the struggle law enforcement and EMS face in dealing with human smuggling – the topic of her upcoming documentary.
Mark Krikorian (Moderator), is the Center’s Executive Director.
Date and Location:
February 21, 2023
Full Panel Video
Question and Answer Session
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