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Building a Better Border: What the Experts Say

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Publication Date: September 2004

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): David B. Muhlhausen

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigration and immigration policy)

Keywords: Immigration; border; culture

Type: Report


The literature on increased border enforcement's effect on illegal immigration indicates that it appears to slow the flow of illegal immigrants leaving the United States. Providing sanctions for illegally crossing the border and giving the Border Patrol a clear and consistent mission may be more important to securing the border than dramatically expanding the number of agents on the border.