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Author Archive: Gary S. Becker

Consider the Economic Consequences from Shutting Down the Border

Closing the southern border would lead to enormous costs in supply chain delays and reduced trade. Proceed with extreme caution.

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Considering the Wrong Metrics for Border Wall Funding

Using total drug seizures as a guide for expanding U.S. border security infrastructure is not as logical as it seems.

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New Data on TSA’s Seizure of Concealed Firearms, 2015-2018

Last week, TSA reported a record-setting 4,239 firearm seizures in 2018. With all of TSA's marketing, it is amazing this number of concealed weapons is still being found. Data tells a story, but is this the whole story?

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Proposed Rule on Immigration Inadmissibility Uses Faulty Economic Analysis

DHS is proposing a costly new rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” that relies on questionable economic analysis.

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Improving Processing Times at US Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has a problem with processing times for applications. They're too long.

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Big Jump in Public Complaints to TSA Over Processing Times

TSA has seen a substantial increase in complaints since September 2017. The data proves it.

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The Cost of Waiting – Economic Consequences from Wait Times at US Border

Wait times at U.S. borders are a disincentive for entering the country, which has far-reaching economic impacts.

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Trends in Latest TSA Customer Service Data Show Successes, Challenges

TSA collects a variety of customer service data, which reveal important trends in complaints and compliments that impact aviation and homeland security.

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TSA Complaint Data Reveals Airport Screening Trends

TSA is required to make its customer service information available to the public, and the data shows areas for improvement and emerging trends in aviation passenger and cargo screening.

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Virtual Kidnappings on the Rise – Law Enforcement Needs to Do More

Transnational organized criminal groups are using virtual kidnapping to extort money from Americans, and the U.S. law enforcement response seems to fall short.

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