Borders

A pilot arrives at Heathrow airport in London on June 8.

The World Needs to Reopen Borders Before It’s Too Late

Even as they struggle to control the pandemic, governments should move quickly to reopen borders instead of giving in to xenophobia, nationalism, and illusions of autarky.

A man leaves the Menoyia immigration detention center near the town of Kofinou in Cyprus on May 29.

The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe

The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.

A sign says the U.S.-Canadian border is closed

In Canada, Patience Wearing Thin Over Trump’s Antics

A threat to militarize the border and attempts to hold up lifesaving medical supplies have roiled the calmest of countries.

Worried passengers wait at Wattay Airport in Vientiane, Laos, on March 19.

Flying Home During the Pandemic: Expensive, Demanding, and Dangerous

Our author braves closing borders and airport chaos to catch one of the few planes still flying.

A doctor in a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico

A Desperate Scramble to Prevent the Pandemic at a U.S.-Mexico Border Camp

With 2,500 asylum-seekers packed in tightly and no coronavirus tests available, doctors and volunteers are doubtful that education will be enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

Left: Muhammad Naseer Sheikh covers the hole where an unexploded live shell is buried in Chakra, Indian-administered Kashmir, on Nov. 1. Right: The mortar fired from across the Line of Control hit the tin roof of Sheikh’s residence before getting buried in the ground near his house.

In the Line of Fire Along Kashmir’s Line of Control

Since India revoked Kashmiri autonomy in August, local villagers have been living in fear amid cross-border gunfire and unexploded shells.

Beto O'Rourke carries his son Henry O'Rourke on his shoulder as they march along the US Mexico border in protest of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, February 11 in El Paso, Texas.

Liberals Need National Borders

The immigration issue is there for the taking for Democrats—if they don’t treat it as a culture war.

The flags of the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, and the European Union are flown with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background at the Spain-Gibraltar border on April 4, 2017. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Gibraltar Will Never Accept Shared Sovereignty

The Spanish government seems to think the British overseas territory will sacrifice its sovereignty for the sake of convenience after Brexit. It is wrong.

A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2018.
(Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall

The president plans to sign a federal spending bill and declare a national emergency to bankroll his long-promised border wall.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Reggie Singh, the brother of a police officer who was allegedly killed by a man in the United States illegally, speaks during his visit to U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Military Readies to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall

The Pentagon is looking through its accounts for spare change in case the president declares a national emergency.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

Including Trump’s surprising comments on Syria and Afghanistan and a game of musical chairs at the Pentagon.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly on-camera press conference in the Capitol on Jan. 7, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Will Pelosi Be the First to Out-Bully Trump?

Their clash over the wall represents two irreconcilable views of America—portending no end to the shutdown.

A Halloween-themed citizenship ceremony for children at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/ Getty Images).

Trump’s Birthright Blitz

The Supreme Court already settled the birthright dispute—in 1898.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looks back as she and other leaders depart at a summit of leaders of the European Union on September 20, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg

The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.

The first migrants from the Aquarius, a ship that was turned away by Italy and Malta sparking a major migration row in Europe, disembarked at the Spanish port of Valencia on June 17, 2018.

Spain Rescued a Ship. It Won’t Rescue Europe.

The new Spanish prime minister has refused to follow Italy in a race to the bottom, but that doesn’t mean that Madrid will lead the EU to adopt more humane migration policies.

A child at the U.S.-Mexico fence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on April 4. (Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Playing Chicken With Children’s Lives

The U.S. child welfare system is strained to its limits. Family separation could push it over the edge.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S.-Mexico Relationship Has Survived and Thrived Under Trump

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the neighbors are finding ways to make it work.

Two Muslim women stand near a fence across the street from the White House before the start of a protest against the Trump administration's proposed travel ban, in Washington on Oct. 18, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Draft DHS Report Called for Long-Term Surveillance of Sunni Muslim Immigrants

Those fitting broad “at-risk” profiles would be targeted for continuous vetting.

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