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Border Security, Metrics and Immigration Enforcement

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Despite significant investment on immigration enforcement and the availability of a variety of data sources, the federal government has generally failed to develop and report a comprehensive set of performance indicators that measure the effectiveness of its efforts to combat unauthorized immigration. A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) suggests a slate of border security metrics that, if reported consistently over time, would allow policy makers and the public to objectively evaluate the success of our border and immigration enforcement efforts.

Following opening remarks by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, an expert panel offered its perspective and insights on the importance of border metrics for measuring the success of immigration enforcement.

Keynote remarks from:

The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Chairman and Co-founder, The Chertoff Group
Member, BPC Immigration Task Force

Panel discussion with:

Paul Anstine
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, U.S. House of Representatives

Michael J. Fisher
Chief, U.S. Border Patrol

Christian Ramírez
Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition

Bryan Roberts
Report author, Measuring the Metrics: Grading the Government on Immigration Enforcement
Senior Economist, Econometrica, Inc.

Theresa Cardinal Brown
Director of Immigration Policy, BPC


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