Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

In New York Times: Andreas Details US Border Buildup

May 9, 2010

Institute Associate Professor Peter Andreas takes issue with a recent op-ed in the New York Times calling for the US to “regain” control of its border with Mexico. “Such calls to ‘regain’ control of the border suffer from historical amnesia, perpetuating a common myth that it was ever actually under control,” he writes with colleague Edward Alden, of the Council on Foreign Relations. Also pointed out in the rebuttal are increased border patrols and the use of new technology and fencing that make the US border with Mexico “one of the most heavily policed borders in the world.”