U.S. Domestic Policy

Caravan 'Crisis' a Chance to Forge Better Immigration Policy

President Trump’s demands for neighboring governments to stop the most recent migrant caravan heading to the U.S. from Central America highlight the pressing need for a region-wide strategy to deal with migration flows.

With the current caravan, the government of Mexico is caught between the forceful U.S. requests for action and portions of its own society sympathetic to the migrants. In addition, its freedom of action limited by weak enforcement and refugee mechanisms and legal frameworks favorable to migrants.

Is Deterrence Enough? Deterrence Policies in Mexico, and Finding a Way Forward in the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relationship on Migration

Deterrence strategies, such as deportation and detention, are a component of the United States and Mexico’s bilateral strategy to manage migratory flows from Central America. While deterrence strategies have had some success in the United States in deterring migrants from Mexico, there is little evidence to show that they have effectively reduced the rates of migration from the Northern Triangle.

Wilson's Legacy Reconsidered

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Wilson Center convened distinguished experts and prominent Center alumni to explore the relevance of President Woodrow Wilson’s international and domestic record for today.

To what extent is the 28th president’s vision for world order still applicable in the face of the profound shifts that the international system is undergoing at present? Are there lessons to be learned from his domestic policy accomplishments and failures?

 

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A Discussion with John Kerry

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman recently interviewed former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on a range of foreign policy issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Paris Agreement. They also discussed the functioning of Congress and the U.S. government today and Kerry's new memoir, Every Day is Extra.

 

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Statement of Donald R. Wolfensberger Before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

President Carter: The White House Years

Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from the president's political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House. As Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, he was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as many foreign policy ones during the Carter presidency. 
 

Poll: Mexicans' View of United States Hits Record Low

In a stunning reversal, a 65 percent majority of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States, compared to 66 percent holding a favorable view in 2015, according to new public opinion research from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Buendia & Laredo, and the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. This survey, taken near the end of Donald Trump's first year in office, marks the first time in two decades that a majority of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States.

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