The border as a noose

Poor management has costs. There’s a lot of that running around the federal government these days.

It looks as if clumsy border security precautions are damaging the U.S. economy. Yes, of course we needed to tighten controls. But with enough resources and competent management, tightening doesn’t have to mean creating headaches for legitimate travelers and nightmares for American businesses.

The quote from Asa Hutchinson is embarrassing. The first step in fixing a problem is acknowledging it exists. But that seems to be against Bush Administration rules.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com