Policy Forum

America’s Border Wars: Inside the Constitution‐​free Zone

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Date and Time
February 4, 2019 1 - 3 PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Vicki Gaubeca, Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition; Terry Bressi, Chief Engineer of the Spacewatch Project, University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab; Chris Montoya, 21‐​year Customs and Border Patrol veteran; Jennifer Johnson, Policy Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition; moderated by Patrick Eddington, Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties, Cato Institute.

The new year began with America’s immigration debate at white‐​hot intensity. President Trump’s demand for a border wall and the House Democratic majority’s refusal to give him money for one sparked the longest government shutdown in decades. American troops remain at the border, raising the level of militarization of the border region to dangerous new heights. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents remain in conflict with residents in border communities, and CBP checkpoints throughout the country continue to stop and detain motorists on mere suspicion. Is there a way to end America’s “Border War” and restore constitutional norms within the border region? Join us as a group of distinguished experts will address that and related questions.