TransBorder Project

About TransBorder Project

Reforming the country’s most challenging policy issues that intersect on the U.S.-Mexico border: immigration, drug laws, mass incarceration, border control and homeland security.

Through investigative reporting and policy advocacy, the TransBorder Project aims to clarify, and to help reform, several of country’s most challenging policy issues that intersect on the U.S.-Mexico border:  immigration, drug laws, mass incarceration, border control and homeland security. Rising concerns about budget deficits and overreach by the federal government bring into question the vastly increased expenditures in these areas in the name of homeland security.

Current program goals include:

  • Leverage political budget-cutting pressure to impose a moratorium on new border security funding – more than $10 billion annually in Homeland Security and Justice Department spending.
  • Contribute to building momentum to end drug prohibition policies through policy analysis and reporting examining how border security operations are both ineffective and contribute to the horrific drug-related violence plaguing Mexico.
  • Produce a major investigative and policy report, “Shadow Prison Industry,” that examines DOJ and DHS policies that have made immigrant imprisonment the driving forces in growth of the private prison industry.
  • Support policy reform efforts at federal and state levels with analysis and reporting that examine how border security initiatives to support Mexico’s drug war are filling state prisons with low-level drug violators at a time when efforts to end drug prohibition and reduce prison population are gaining new prominence.

A Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World


Dec-09-2013 | Report

Find out how CIP can make a difference in facing some of the world's largest problems... Read More »

Turning a Corner


Jul-01-2013 | Report

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges facing our world today. Wars in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, climate chaos due to global warming and the widening gap between the super-rich and everyone else engender a sense of hopelessness... Read More »

Changing Perspectives on U.S.-Mexico Relations

By Tom Barry

May-01-2013 | Policy Brief

Tom Barry offers policy recommendations for the meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto... Read More »

Ah, Chihuahua! The changing character of the vast Mexican state that is our neighbor

By Tom Barry

Sep-04-2013 |

Facing a series of challenges that range from severe droughts to widespread drug-related violence, the people of Chihuahua have persevered. Tom Barry examines what the future will hold for the hardened Chihuahua natives... Read More »

Homeland Security Taps Generals to Run Domestic Drone Program: The Rise of Predators at Home

By Tom Barry

Aug-07-2013 | Article

As drones are pushed by former generals, military-grade Predators have cost the Department of Homeland Security an enormous amount of money, with few results to show for it... Read More »

A Sotol Story

By Tom Barry

Jul-30-2013 | Article

The culture of the border region isn't just characterized by violence and armed soldiers, as Barry explains in this piece on the region's signature spirit, sotol.... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control

Apr-28-12 | 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

The first international drone summit will bring together people from various sectors to discuss drone use internationally and in the U.S.... Read More »

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