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Border Security: Opportunities and Pitfalls by Jennifer Scholtes, Rob Margetta

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Potential Pitfalls

Southwest border security might look like a contracting bonanza waiting to explode into millions of dollars in new awards, but it’s an area where a number of signs still point toward proceeding with caution.

For one, there’s the chance — a seemingly outside one — that border security might not remain the hot topic that it is today. Under the Obama administration, the debate over border spending has been driven largely by three issues: fears about Mexican drug cartel violence, political infighting over immigration and the recent surge in migrants from Central America. The drug cartel and unaccompanied minors situations are fluid. If this administration, or the next one, shifts away from a push for an immigration overhaul, ...

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