Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

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January 2019

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 31, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nancy A. Youssef, “Pentagon Sending More Than 3,500 Additional Troops to Mexico Border” (The Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2019). More than 3,500 active-duty troops will be sent to the border, according to a letter written by Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.), chairman of the House […]

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Here’s a Better Way to Spend $5.7 Billion at the Border

I wrote this yesterday while watching the House-Senate Conference Committee meet to discuss a border spending package that might keep the government open after February 15 (and avoid a disastrous presidential “national emergency” declaration to build a border wall). The gist: border security isn’t “solved,” but what’s needed now is adjustments, not a sweeping, pharaonic […]

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The day ahead: January 31, 2019

I’m most reachable in late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a Skype conversation with an NGO in the region in the mid-morning, and an NGO meeting with a UN agency in the mid-afternoon. Otherwise I’ll be prepping for some upcoming congressional meetings, putting together my next trip to the U.S.-Mexico […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 30, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly o’toole, “Lawmakers Are Uneasy About Using Military Money and Active-Duty Troops at Border” (The Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2019). The Defense Department officials said they were engaged in planning around the possibility of Trump’s declaring a national emergency and tapping into either military construction […]

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Elements of the House Democrats’ border security proposal

In advance of the February 15 shutdown deadline, as an alternative to Trump’s border wall, here’s what the House Democrats are proposing. This is as summarized by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) in today’s House-Senate conference committee meeting: Ports of entry: 1,000 additional CBP officers; imaging technology; southbound scans Border Patrol stations infrastructure repair / improvement […]

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The day ahead: January 30, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’ve got meetings with colleagues from arms-control and border/migration groups, plus an informational interview. Otherwise I’ll be in the office, trying to write a memo about “what should go into a border budget deal” as quickly as possible, and setting up my next […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 29, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alicia A. Caldwell, “Illegal Migrant Crossings Surge in Remote New Mexico Desert” (The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2019). Official statistics aren’t available for this barely populated area of New Mexico, but agents say groups of 100 or more migrants have crossed the border there at […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:00 in Room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on “Department of Defense’s Support to the Southern Border.” 12:30–2:00 at CSIS: A Conversation with Venezuela’s New Special Representative to the OAS, Gustavo Tarre (RSVP required). Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:00–10:30 at the Atlantic Council: Guaidó […]

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The day ahead: January 29, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) A forecast of light snow this afternoon won’t affect those of us who live near work, but it has postponed some meetings on my calendar. I’ll be writing and setting up an upcoming visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, and keeping an eye on a […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 28, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Felicia Sonmez, Robert Costa, “Trump Will Secure Border ‘With or Without Congress,’ Mulvaney Says” (The Washington Post, January 28, 2019). President Trump is again considering invoking emergency powers to build his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval “Editorial: Convicted for Leaving Water for […]

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The day ahead: January 28, 2019

I’ll be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) After our weekly staff meeting and a meeting to plan our border work, I’ll be at my desk all afternoon. I plan to be setting up my schedule during the week of February 11, when I’ll be in San Diego and Tijuana. I’ll also be […]

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all week, and have a lighter meeting schedule. That’s good because I’m headed back to San Diego and Tijuana the week of February 11th, and would like to do a lot of writing, research, and congressional visits before then.

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