Report Finds DHS's Border Strategy Ineffective

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The fortification of the U.S.-Mexico border has reached the limits of its effectiveness, has produced severe negative side effects, and should be systematically re-evaluated. Those are the findings of a new report released by the Washington Office on Latin America and Mexico's Colegio de la Frontera Norte (College of the Northern Border). The year-long study, "Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants Along the U.S.-Mexico Border," argues that the U.S. border buildup has not had a clear impact on security. For instance, the study finds that despite the security buildup, more drugs are crossing than ever before. The report also finds that violence in Mexico is not spilling over to the U.S. side of the border.

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