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National Security Leaders Release White Paper Promoting Secure, Humane Border Security System

November 3, 2022

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Anna Nix Kumar

Washington, D.C. — The Council on National Security and Immigration (CNSI) today released a white paper shining a light on the unprecedented challenges that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are facing at the southern border.

The paper, authored by CNSI leaders Julie Myers Wood and Michael Neifach, outlines steps that Congress must take to promote policies that foster safer and more efficient border processing.

“Smart, effective border security means investing in technology, personnel, physical infrastructure, and better processes at the border,” said Myers Wood. “We must provide Customs and Border Protection with the proper resources to maintain border security and identify non-U.S. persons entering our country.”

“Congress must provide adequate resources to U.S. Customs and Border Protection so it can maintain border security and handle an unprecedented number of migrants in an orderly, humane manner,” said Neifach. “Lawmakers can take steps right now that would discourage illegal immigration, strengthen our border security, and treat migrants fairly.”

Below are a few excerpts from the paper. To view the paper in its entirety, click here.


The U.S. has a responsibility to carry out border security solutions between and at ports of entry by implementing practical, evidence-based approaches. It must build a modern and secure migration system at the U.S.-Mexico border by making border processing more effective and efficient, increasing interdiction rates, and eliminating incentives for smugglers and cartels.

To help stem the pressure on CBP ports of entry and CBP personnel, Congress should appropriate funding for updated ports of entry, additional personnel, and investments in advanced screening technology. These steps will help ease bottlenecks and sustain the flow of migrants and goods, increasing security while reducing long wait times. …

In addition, the Biden administration should be forthcoming to Congress and the public about its on-the-ground capabilities and resources to address the border surge and identify obstacles that prevent DHS from accomplishing congressional spending directives.


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