Despite the very real problems with children from Central America streaming across the border and clogging the nation’s immigration system, the nation’s border policies have largely been successful in recent years, according to an advocacy group.
“Despite extraordinary operational challenges and difficult politics, the Obama administration has done a very good job in managing the border,” said Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of NDN, a liberal-leaning think tank. “Tremendous progress has been made We’re basically just getting better at managing this thing called the U.S.-Mexico border.”
In a Tuesday morning press briefing, which echoed previous work on the topic, Rosenberg ticked off several measures that he said showed immigration enforcement has been successful under the Obama administration. Among other things:
Rosenberg said the briefing was designed in part to correct incorrect assumptions and misleading statistics being thrown around in the ongoing debate over overhauling the nation’s immigration system and dealing with the growing number of Central American children crossing the border.