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.

Archives

Categories

Get a weekly update in your email




February 2019

CBP provisions in the 2019 budget

(I wrote this a few hours ago, before we learned that Trump is going the national emergency route. Either way, this is what’s in the law that he’s going to sign.) Hi from Tijuana. I’m between meetings again and looking over the text of the budget compromise that Congress will be voting on, and that […]

Read More

Mid-Visit Notes from the Border

(I wrote these notes earlier today, in the middle of “day 3” here at the border.) Hello from a coffee shop in central Tijuana. I’m taking a moment between meetings to talk about what I’m seeing on my second visit here so far this year. I’m interviewing experts, officials, and service providers on both sides […]

Read More

Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, February 11, 2019 2:30–3:30 at the Heritage Foundation: Venezuela at a Tipping Point (RSVP required). 5:30–7:30 at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies: Foreign Policy in Bolsonaro’s Brazil (RSVP required). Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:30–1:00 at the Wilson Center: Seventh Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: New Government, Old Challenges in Mexico’s Security Landscape […]

Read More

6:30 in the morning in San Diego

And I’ve already helped 2 Honduran moms, their kids, and their ankle bracelets make their way through airport security and onto their flights. Going to be a good day, I think.

Read More

Back in San Diego

I just landed in San Diego. I’ll be here and in Tijuana all week. I’ve got a reasonably full—but not crammed—agenda and a long and evolving list of research questions (reproduced below). This is an unusual trip for me, for at least four reasons. First, I’m by myself all week, not with any colleagues. That […]

Read More

The day ahead: February 8, 2019

I’ll be around mid-day. (How to contact me) This is my last day in the office until Thursday the 21st—I go to San Diego/Tijuana on Sunday. This morning I’ll be doing VOA’s “Foro Interamericano” show and talking to a Colombia-based reporter. In the afternoon I’ve got an all-hands meeting at WOLA and a call with a […]

Read More

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional , Angela Kocherga, “Nm to Withdraw National Guard From Border” (The Albuquerque Journal, February 6, 2019). “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country,” Lujan Grisham […]

Read More

The day ahead: February 6, 2019

I’ll be around mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’ve got (yet another) internal planning meeting, a sit-down with colleagues who work at the border, a meeting with a UN agency representative, some time this afternoon to prep my next border trip and do some documentary research, and an interview with some grad students […]

Read More

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 5, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Jim Norman, “Solid Majority Still Opposes New Construction on Border Wall” (Gallup, February 5, 2019). Since Trump’s election, the proportion of Americans wanting to increase immigration levels has grown — from 21% in June 2016 to a record-high 30% now Karoun Demirjian, “Congress Braces for Trump […]

Read More

The day ahead: February 5, 2019

I’m most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) My afternoon is spent in a meeting with a senior colleague whom I haven’t seen in a while, a conversation with an intern, and a coalition meeting on Colombia. In the morning I’ll be scrambling to do some writing on Colombia and continue setting up […]

Read More

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Daniella Silva, “Pentagon to Deploy Additional 3,750 U.S. Forces to U.S.-Mexico Border” (NBC News, February 4, 2019). Two days later after a defense official testified before the House Armed Services Committee, committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith criticized department officials for not disclosing the increase in troops […]

Read More

A twisty riverbank explains why a wall won’t stop 60 percent of today’s migrants

Here’s Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) during last week’s House-Senate Conference Committee meeting on the 2019 federal budget, which hinges on President Trump’s demand for a border wall. Cuellar is pointing to a map of the U.S.-Mexico border in his district. “We have a river that doesn’t run straight,” he says, reminding his colleagues that past […]

Read More

Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, February 4 2:30-5:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: “Venezuela: Between Hope and Uncertainty” (RSVP required). Tuesday, February 5 8:30-11:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: “Corruption Prosecutions in the Americas: A Comparative Analysis” (RSVP required). 12:30-2:00 at Georgetown University: “U.S Foreign Policy for South America 2003 to 2015” (RSVP required). Wednesday, February 6 10:15 in Room SH-216, […]

Read More

The day ahead: February 4, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) My day is punctuated by an NGO meeting at the Homeland Security Department, a weekly staff meeting, and a planning meeting for our border project. I go back to the border (San Diego/Tijuana) on Sunday, so what free time I have, I’ll spend planning […]

Read More

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 1, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor, “Pelosi and Trump Harden Their Positions on a Border Wall” (Associated Press, Time, February 1, 2019). Democrats offered further details of their border security plan Thursday, unveiling a measure that would provide no wall funds Justin Glawe, “Whitaker Eyes Axing Asylum for […]

Read More
Older Posts
Get a weekly update in your e-mail:




This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.