Giving Compass' Take:

· With the number of illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border reaching a decade high, the Migration Policy Institute and AEI gather to discuss border security, immigration policy, and regional cooperation with illegal immigration. 

· What leads to illegal immigration? What can be done to help those fleeing from bad situations? How can we create policy to help those seeking safety?

· Check out these policy solutions to address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border are at the highest level in more than a decade. President Trump has responded with increasingly dramatic steps, including threatening debilitating tariffs on Mexican exports and the elimination of aid to Central America. At the same time, heightened political polarization undermines the US government’s ability to adequately address the complex challenge of illegal immigration with practical policies and bipartisan legislation.

In the midst of efforts to further ramp up enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border even as illegal crossings are a fraction of what they were at their peak in 2000, MPI research sketches the changing realities at the border and offers data that should help inform the policy debate.

This event features a smart conversation by a range of experts on U.S.-Mexico border conditions, looking at policy responses by both countries and regional cooperation.

Read the full article about migration challenges at the Southern border at Migration Policy Institute.