Now Available for Pre-Order, February 2, 2021 release date

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The forthcoming book by journalist-turned-intelligence analyst Todd Bensman, AMERICA’S COVERT BORDER WAR, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This 13-year work of journalism reveals, for the first time, secret (ongoing) border security operations that America built after 9/11 to prevent terrorist infiltration mainly over the southern border with Mexico. …


A Unique Migrant Class with National Security Implications

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An African migrant woman on the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande across from Texas. 2019. Photo by Todd Bensman

By Todd Bensman, Author of America’s Covert Border War, The Untold Story of the Nation’s Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration

Last week at a Peru-Brazil river border crossing, a US-bound migrant caravan of many hundreds went to war with militarized border police determined to enforce a coronavirus closure.

After the Peruvians repulsed repeated violent push-through attempts on Integration Bridge in the town of Inapari, both sides settled into a tense multi-day stand-off, the migrants negotiating for government trucks to carry them toward the US southern border.

Most of the 400 or so…


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 LIVESTREAM — Border War: How a More Porous Border Will Endanger Americans

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The new administration in Washington is opening the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of new asylum seekers and refugees. What could go wrong? Find out as Right on Immigration Senior Director Ken Oliver discusses the full range of these issues with Todd Bensman, the author of the new book “America’s Covert Border War,” along with Kyle Shideler, Director for Homeland Security at the Center for Security Studies.

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  • Ken Oliver (Moderator) — Senior Director of Engagement and Right on Immigration, Texas Public Policy…

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By Todd Bensman as originally published February 19, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

AUSTIN, Texas — The next caravan predicted last week may not materialize amid a fresh promise by Mexico — after a furtive diplomatic pressure campaign by the Biden administration — that its troops would not allow it to pass.

Through its official Twitter account, the Mexican embassy in Guatemala this week let the caravan organizers know that: “Mexico does not promote, nor will it allow the irregular entry of caravans of migrants into the national territory.”


By Todd Bensman as originally published February 14, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

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In January, international human rights groups pummeled the government of Guatemala for its use of batons, tear gas, and troops to break up a migrant caravan that had swelled to some 9,000 people mainly on incoming President Joe Biden’s promises that all who wished to cross the U.S. border would find a warm embrace inside the United States.

That January 2021 caravan (which CIS covered extensively) seemed timed to reach the U.S. border right around inauguration day, which would have forced a policy choice to…


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A U.S. border-bound Iranian interviewed by author Todd Bensman in December 2018, Costa Rica

By Todd Bensman

Many Americans might have felt surprised by recent news that U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona caught 11 Iranian migrants who crossed the southern border from Mexico.

But this crossing by 11 Iranians is not the least bit surprising in one insular quarter of the United States: an international cadre of intelligence practitioners and federal law enforcement officers who work tirelessly on this chronically misunderstood threat problem for the American homeland security establishment. …


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By Todd Bensman as originally published February 2, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

DEMING, N.M. — Just over the horizon from this high-desert town, an order from newly seated President Joe Biden last week halted westward construction of his predecessor’s border wall. A mile or so down the line, at a section building eastward to connect with it, construction also ended. The “pause” orders from distant Washington, where “experts” insist border walls don’t work, left a mile-wide open corridor here that would have been closed in another month or so.

In the shadow of a last installed panel…


‘They’re filling bus after bus.’

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AUSTIN, Texas — Hundreds of Haitian migrants who are crossing the Rio Grande border in the normally staid Del Rio sector of Texas are enjoying the first return to “catch-and-release” policies since President Donald Trump’s administration all but eliminated them.

U.S. Border Patrol and ICE are allowing hundreds of Haitians and other migrant nationalities who cross in the Del Rio region to avoid detention or quick return to Mexico; instead they are given Notices to Appear in immigration court at some point in the future and allowed to board Greyhound buses for other parts of the United States, according to…


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By Todd Bensman as originally published February 1, 2021 by The Daily Wire

In the final days of his presidency and his last visit to the U.S. southern border, Donald Trump stood next to his contentious wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021 and uttered a striking claim that went entirely unreported by any traditional news media outlet.

“We have terrorists from the Middle East coming through our country through the southern border. That was before what you see right here [gesturing toward the border wall],” the president said. “Because it was easier to come into our country through…


Its demise promises a return to peril

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By Todd Bensman as published by the Center for Immigration Studies on January 20, 2021

A few years before President Donald Trump instituted his so-called “travel ban” on now-13 countries, the 21-year-old Sudanese citizen Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan entered the United States with his siblings and mother on temporary Legal Permanent Resident visas. At the time, Sudan was a U.S.-designated State Sponsor of Terrorism and would not have been willing — or, frankly, even able — to provide American adjudicators with any intelligence or background history about Elhassan for a thorough security vetting.

Within a year of his arrival, Elhassan…

Todd Bensman

Todd Bensman is Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, a 9-year counterterrorism intelligence manager, and 23-year journalist

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