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.

Border Security

The past week in U.S. border security

The Trump administration will issue its initial “top line” budget request to Congress today. Word is it will include $1.5 billion to start border-fence construction in 2017, and $2.6 billion for 2018. Families in south Texas’s Rio Grande Valley are already getting notices from the federal government requiring them to sell their private land abutting […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

(These are from my online Latin America-focused government reports library.) Colombia’s Changing Approach to Drug Policy Congressional Research Service, March 10, 2017 An overview of illicit crop eradication, drug interdiction, the recent history of U.S. counter-drug assistance, and changes likely to come with the 2016 peace accord. Southwest Border Migration U.S. Customs and Border Protection, […]

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February migration: a blip, or a “new normal?”

The U.S. Border Patrol reported apprehending 18,762 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in February. This is the lowest number of migrants encountered in any month since 2000, the first year for which Border Patrol makes monthly records available [PDF]. The sharpest drops were in the number of unaccompanied children (1,922, down from over 7,000 in November and December) […]

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