TCS has done significant research and analysis into border security, and specifically, the efficiency and sometimes questionable spending on the U.S.-Mexico border barrier. Here you can find all our work on the subject from recent years.
(Note: There are two ways to access the information. Below you can find a text timeline. Further down, you can find a reverse blog roll of the same information.)
October 17 – Again, the Separation of Powers Matters.
September 19 – Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $3.6 Billion
September 12 – Who loses from Senate appropriators vote to allow funds to be shifted to border fencing
September 5 – By The Numbers: MilCon Funds Diverted for illusory Security
September 5 – Pentagon delays projects to fund border wall
August 9 – The Separation Of Powers Matters
July 26 – A budget deal may have been reached, but tough decisions on border spending loom
March 13 – Border Security Funding Increases
March 11 – The President’s FY 2020 Border Wall Funding Request
March 1 – Emergency, Schmergency
February 15 – The Diversion of Funds for a Border Wall is a Bad Idea – For Many Reasons
February 15 – Presidential End Run on Military Construction Money
February 15 – Seven Questions About Border Security in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019
January 10 –The Wall, An Emergency, And Congress’ Power Of The Purse
December 12 – Border Barriers: A Primer
October 30 – Statement on Deployment to the Southwest Border -There’s a lot we don’t know. Congress needs to ask questions
September 7 – Wastebasket on Border Security Profiteering -Plans to secure the border have long been fraught with wasted taxpayer funds.
August 22 – Policy brief on Border Security Profiteering – A tale of waste.
May 16 – Not Another Brick In The Wall – The Pentagon is not a piggybank to fund the federal govt’s requirements.
April 13 – Don’t Spend Pentagon Money to Build a Border Wall – We remain highly critical of recent attempts to siphon money from the Pentagon to pay for a border wall.
April 6 – Factsheet: Diminishing Returns of Investing in Physical Barriers – Why a “wall” won’t resolve the immigration “problem.”
April 6 – Anatomy Of A Budget Gimmick: Efforts To Use Pentagon Funds To Build The Wall – Pentagon money should not be used to build the wall.
March 29 – OpEd in The Hill: Proposal to use Pentagon funds for border wall is ill advised
March 22 – Sugar Pill Of A Wall – Sensors might be better than a wall, but neither solves immigration issues a barrier is supposed to fix.
February 12 – Border Security and Immigration
October 5 – Weekly Wastebasket: Bonanza At The Border
August 31 – OpEd, U.S. News & World Report: President Trump’s Reckless Wall Ultimatum – Threatening a shutdown won’t spur Congress to action.
August 11 – Weekly Wastebasket: Budget Shenanigans to Build a Border Wall
July 24 – Letter to the Hill: Pentagon Shouldn’t Pay for a Border Wall – There are better ways to secure the nation than an expensive border wall.
July 19 – OpEd, U.S. News & World Report: Building a Wall in the Dark – Congress is using budget shenanigans to funnel Pentagon money to President Trump’s border wall.
April 27 – Funding President Trump’s Border Wall Is a Total Pipe Dream – The president’s border wall may not scuttle spending plans now, but it’s still unrealistic.
February 17 – Building a Border Wall of Debt – Who will foot the bill for Trump’s executive order on border security and immigration?
January 26 –Weekly Wastebasket: Building A Wall Of Waste
Here you can find a reverse chronological blog roll of our latest analysis on the border security and barrier issue.