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2009 Border Policy Report Final

2009 Border Policy Report Final

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These recommendations and policies can substantially improve security and safety in the border region and in the nation as a whole.
These recommendations and policies can substantially improve security and safety in the border region and in the nation as a whole.

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Published by: The Border Network for Human Rights on Apr 19, 2011
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U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force
 
Border Policy Priorities for 2009-2010: Accountability, Community Security and Infrastructure
 
U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force
INTRODUCTION
 The U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force is comprised of over 50 individuals and
organizations spanning 4 states and comprised of local elected ofcials, law enforcement,
faith leaders, business, labor, academics and community advocates. The diversity of the coali-
tion nds its strength in the notion that that people from very different perspectives can agreewhen assumptions about “enforcement” are challenged. The Border Task Force has repeat
-edly demonstrated over the course of many years that broad support exists for immigration
reform and border security that is smart, accountable, and scally responsible.The Task Force offers a new paradigm for immigration and border enforcement. It challengesdated ideas about enforcement and recognizes that the “border” is a dynamic concept, that
border communities have important ties to both the United States and Mexico, and that theseties create a unique set of opportunities and challenges that affect both the border areas and
the broader national interest. The Task Force’s work is built around ideas grounded in the
complex realities of border life and a practical understanding that border and immigration poli-
cies must be formulated and implemented in ways that respect the rights and needs of border 
communities.
In November 2008, the U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force released a report withover 70 specic recommendations for improving border and immigration enforcement poli
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cies. Since that time, the Task Force has worked to rene its recommendations and has priori
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tized three core areas in which to concentrate its work: accountability and oversight of border 
and immigration enforcement; community security and prevention of border violence; andinfrastructure and ports of entry.
Their rened recommendations are the result of several months of hard work and multiple
strategy sessions along the US border communities. These recommendations and policiescan substantially improve security and safety in the border region and in the nation as a
whole. As the debate over border issues becomes more prevalent, and comprehensive immi
-gration reform moves to the top of the President’s agenda, the expertise of border leadershipis more critical than ever to the development of appropriate and meaningful border security
measures. Border communities must be engaged by lawmakers in nding and creating solu
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tions and being a part of the decision-making process. The following recommendations must
be a part of discussions on both the legislative and administrative reform of border and immi-gration policy.1

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