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The new book by journalist-turned-intelligence analyst Todd Bensman, AMERICA’S COVERT BORDER WAR, is now available on and and anywhere books are sold. This 13-year work of journalism reveals, for the first time, secret (ongoing) border security operations that America built after 9/11 to…


By Todd Bensman by the Center for Immigration Studies

Before a Del Rio, Texas migrant camp of 15,000 briefly captured national and White House attention, another volcanic rupture point in the southern border fault line was already flaring: this one in Yuma, Arizona.

In a…


A Haitian who fled the Del Rio migrant camp fearing deportation to Haiti shows the bus ticket he bought for Monterrey, Mexico where he will hide out until Biden’s repatriation flight policy ends. Todd Bensman

By Todd Bensman September 29, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

DEL RIO, Texas — The migrant encampment under the international bridge here is liquidated, the 15,000 mostly Haitian illegal migrants who had pooled under it gone to different futures (most paroled into the United States…


American media won’t speak its name — “Islamist terrorism’ — but the historic 9/11 Commission Report does and always will

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“But the enemy is not just ‘terrorism,’ some generic evil. This vagueness blurs the strategy. The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat…


Doctor gained U.S. entry despite terror ties before and after screening

By as published September 10, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

In through a once-broken immigration front door that most Americans thought fixed after the 9/11 attacks came an Afghan doctor named Hayatullah Dawari, whose case is worth recalling on this 20th anniversary.

The U.S. State Department…


By Todd Bensman August 19, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

AUSTIN, Texas — However many U.S. entry visas the Biden White House decides to grant Afghans, those who find the legal way blocked have a tried and true end run at their disposal: the stress-fractured…


Migrants from nations the world over make up increasing percentage of those reaching the US southern border

Eritrean immigrants in La Cruz, Costa Rica June 2021. Photo by Todd Bensman

By Todd Bensman as by Creative Destruction Media

LA CRUZ, Costa Rica — Seven Eritreans sit in an irregular circle near the bus station in this far northwest…


The intercontinental trail connecting the world to the U.S. border is more congested than at any time in recent memory, with people from Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and other countries. The significance of this “extra-continental” flow is that it ferries peoples from nations where violent Islamic…


Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany Returns from the Jungle Raising National Security Concerns

By Todd Bensman by the Center for Immigration Studies

A record 10,000 so-called ‘’ migrants from around the world poured through the notoriously untamed Darian Gap jungle passage between Colombia and Panama, bound…


The media may have left the audience but the historic show goes on

A group of Central Americans moving up one of many dirt road capillaries toward a mobile Border Patrol processing station near Roma, Texas in Starr County

By Todd Bensman, by the Center for Immigration Studies

ROMA, Texas — The first two early clues that America’s burgeoning mass-migration phenomenon has become something nationally historic appeared out of the oil-black night on a…

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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