Border Security

An Overview of U.S.-Mexico Border Relations

Since the mid-19th century, the U.S.-Mexico border has been many things to many people: a frontier, a scar, a line, a liability, a threat, and an opportunity. Depending on one’s vantage and frame of reference, the border is any or all of these at once.

The Lessons of Post-9/11 Border Management

Shortly after the horrific attacks in Paris, French President François Hollande announced a decision to close his nation’s borders. He said, “We must ensure that no one comes in to commit any act whatsoever, and at the same time make sure that those who have committed these crimes should be arrested if they try to leave the country.”

Attack on Paris: How Should We Respond?

Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow James Hollifield analyzes the attack on Paris and cautions how we should and should not respond.

Infographic | Homeland Security as a Theory of Action: The Impact on U.S./Mexico Border Management

Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Working for a More Integrated and Competitive North America

The border between Mexico and the United States is one of the most dynamic in the world. The United States and Mexican border states together represent the world’s 4th largest economy, see more than $500 billion dollars per year in bilateral trade, and house 56 crossing points where nearly 300,000 vehicle crossings take place on a daily basis.

Update on Europe’s Migration Crisis

With Europe experiencing a migration crisis on a scale not seen since World War II, we spoke with Professor James Hollifield for an update on the situation. He recently returned from Europe and provides a firsthand account of the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Innovation in Colonias on the Texas-Mexico Border: Building on Border Assets

The Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory and Mexico Institute, along with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, are pleased to invite you to the event, "Innovation in Colonias on the Texas-Mexico Border: Building on Border Assets." While public discussion often focuses on the challenges facing low-income communities living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the region’s assets can be leveraged to advance local economic development.

The Anatomy of a Relationship: A Collection of Essays on the Evolution of U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Border Management

The conventional wisdom among those who study the border is that following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States unilaterally imposed significant additional security requirements on the management of the U.S.-Mexico border, and that the measures taken to meet these requirements have made the border more difficult to cross for not only illicit but also licit traffic, including the trade and travel that is the lifeblood of cross-border communities. There is much truth in this interpretation, but it largely portrays Mexico as a passive receptor of U.S.

Homeland Security as a Theory of Action: The Impact on U.S./Mexico Border Management

The terrorist attack on 9/11 in effect closed America’s borders.  The drawbridges were raised, airports and seaports shut down and cross-border traffic at land ports of entry was reduced to a trickle.  Defense and security and enforcement became the exclusive orders of the day.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Industry Mapping Tool