One Thing the Current Border Crisis is not…

…is an example of how unsecure the border is.  Indeed, catching the migrants in question coming into the country at the border has not been a problem, what with them turning themselves in and all.

As such, this points to a simple fact:  doing a better job of securing the borders is not the main policy solution to our immigration difficulties.

FILED UNDER: Borders and Immigration, US Politics
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I had not noticed a problem with immigration Steven. Seems like they are immigrating just fine. Oooopps, my bad, immigration is the problem.

  2. Anderson says:

    I think there’s a “not” missing in the last sentence of the blog post.

  3. @Anderson: Indeed. And a rather important “not” at that!


  4. Ron Beasley says:

    The idea that you can secure the border is absurd. We build million dollar fences and they tunnel under them. When I worked for the DIA in Europe for a living my job was to debrief defectors. In spite of the fact there was a double fence with a mine field between them and a watch tower every 1/4 of a mile I was still very busy.

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