What if Mexico Stops Cooperating on Migration?

Why the U.S. Needs to Engage Constructively

The Arizona-Mexico border fence is seen near Naco, Arizona, March 2013. Samantha Sais / REUTERS

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. government has gone into crisis mode in an attempt to stop the flow of migrants attempting to cross the country’s southern border illegally or to apply for asylum at border ports. The Department of Justice declared a “zero tolerance” policy that would subject anyone caught crossing the border between ports of entry to criminal prosecution, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began separating children from their parents so that the latter could quickly go into criminal proceedings. After considerable public outcry, President Donald Trump ultimately suspended family separation in favor of a dubious plan of family detention, but he has continued to speak and tweet repeatedly about what he considers to be a border that is out of control.

What makes this sudden attention to the border so unusual is that there are now fewer people trying to cross illegally

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