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U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Could Pay for Itself in Two Years

The proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall has received a lot of debate over its projected construction cost, but a simple analysis suggests the wall would actually be cost-beneficial.

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Kevin McAleenan – The Right Person to Lead U. S. Customs and Border Protection

Kevin McAleenan's nomination for CBP Commissioner is the right choice for a challenging leadership role. I know this from personal experience.

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Miami Airport CBP Wait Times Remain High

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is making progress in reducing wait times for processing international arrivals—but not at Miami International.

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Comparing Wait Times For FOIA Requests

How does Customs and Border Protection stack up against other federal agencies when fulfilling FOIA requests?

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Earned Citizenship Fees – Enough to Cover Costs?

A one-time $1,000 fine for illegal immigrants seeking documentation may not be sufficient to cover the costs states and the federal government incur from undocumented residents.

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Trump Travel Ban Could Have an Economic Impact

Regardless of whether one supports President Trump’s politics, the economic impact from his recent Executive Order could be real and possibly long lasting.

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Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Executive Order and Comments to CBP

President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries could impact comments submitted to Customs and Border Protection.

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Should PreCheck and Global Entry Be Free for the Public?

Economic analyses provide critical information for informing DHS budget decisions.

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Better Management of Trusted Traveler Programs Can Enhance Security, Efficiency

Consolidating Precheck, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST management has many benefits.

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CBP Needs to Improve Customer Service at Ports of Entry

Comments to Customs and Border Protection at land ports of entry indicate many people entering the United States find CBP employee conduct to be distasteful.

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