Border Fact Check

Separating Rhetoric from Reality

WOLA Resources

  • Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants along the U.S.-Mexico BorderA year-long study of the current security situation on the U.S.-Mexico border and the impact of both countries’ security policies on the migrant population. The study looks at the impact of the fivefold increase in the size of the U.S. Border Patrol in the last two decades, the changing role of U.S. soldiers along the border, the impact of drones and other high-tech surveillance, and the increase in risks faced by migrants on their journey. The study’s executive summary can be found here.
  • Five Misconceptions about Border Security: In light of the ongoing debate on immigration reform, Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer debunk five common myths about security and migration along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Border Security and Migration: A Report from South Texas: WOLA experts found an increase in migration flows and a doubling in migrant deaths in this area in just one year. In contrast to what has been reported in other parts of the border, this new report notes that there are fewer accusations of Border Patrol abuse in South Texas. At the same time, U.S. authorities are increasingly repatriating Mexicans through this area, often making migrants easy prey for the dangerous criminal groups that operate in these Mexican border cities.
  • Border Security Infographics: A series of graphics that help visualize the most recent data—ranging from the number of migrants apprehended per border patrol agent over time to increasing drug seizures, migration flows, and migrant deaths, as well as other aspects of border security.
  • Senate hearing testimony - WOLA experts Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer’s written testimony on comprehensive immigration reform for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue on February 13, 2013.
  • An Uneasy Coexistence: Security and Migration along the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez Border: In this report, WOLA examines the huge security buildup in the area and finds that there is no violence spilling over into the United States and that migration is dropping while drug trafficking persists. This report also describes the multitude of state, federal, and local authorities operating in this region whose roles often overlap.  
  • Notes from Tijuana:Why is Tijuana safer? Why is migration down? Is the U.S. border-security approach effective? Some impressions after a brief visit to the border city.