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.

Water Wars

By Tom Barry

Aug-10-2015 | Report

The Mexican border state of Sonora is expanding its hydraulic society in the face of climate change, an escalating water crisis, and indigenous opposition... Read More »

Advancing a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By Bill Goodfellow

Nov-10-2014 | Report

Check out what the Center for International Policy has been up to in 2014 with our end-of-year brochure... Read More »

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

By Bill Goodfellow

May-19-2014 | Report

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change... Read More »

Toxic Tourism

By Tom Barry

Jul-29-2015 | Article

According to Mexican tourism officials, magical experiences and eco-adventures await those who travel to the remote mountains and canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara in the border state of Chihuahua. They also assure tourists that they will be safe and that the native Tarahumara people are the major beneficiaries of the government-sponsored tourism industry... Read More »

Don't Defund, Just Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security

By Tom Barry

Feb-26-2015 | Article

The Republican majority has refused to approve new funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Following the lead of the party’s most conservative members, congressional Republicans will reject a new DHS budget unless President Obama reverses his November 2014 executive order to protect more than 4 million immigrants from deportation. Republicans are right to obstruct the routine annual funding of DHS—but they are doing it for the wrong reasons... Read More »

Dysfunctional Drones Underscore Mission Mess at Homeland Security

By Tom Barry

Jan-21-2015 | Article

President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are committed to more drone surveillance of US borders. Over the past year, the president has called for emergency supplemental funding for DHS to fund a "sustained border security surge," including new funding for border drones... Read More »

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September 9 Open Government Town Hall – Foreign Aid and Security Assistance Transparency

Sep-09-15 | POGO's Conference Room (1100 G St, NW, Suite 500-- entrance on 11th Street across from Metro Center). Call-in options available.

Dynamic speakers will engage in a lively discussion about government and civil society initiatives underway to make available information on foreign aid and security assistance, and impediments that remain for the public to access such information... Read More »

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