Migrant Caravans: Are these a threat to US border security?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Location TBD


Last year news reports concerning an estimated 7,200-person migrant caravan traveling from Central America to the US southwest border made headlines worldwide. This year, more Central American caravans have formed and are en route to the border. The bulk of the media coverage and resulting public debate, however, failed to adequately address the implications to US and regional security. The narratives focused primarily on the humanitarian plights of migrants; this was contrasted by calls for a border wall combined with military deployments to the border. Meanwhile, scant attention has been paid to the migrant caravans themselves. Many questions about the migrant caravans from Central America largely remain unanswered. Who specifically is inspiring, organizing, and financing the caravans? Are they only comprised of Central Americans? Are US and regional governments prepared for this new phenomenon?

Please join SFS for a thoughtful and informative policy discussion to analyze the facts regarding this controversial issue and potential US policy solutions.

Keynote Remarks:

  • Hon. Mario Duarte* – Secretary of Strategic Intelligence, Republic of Guatemala


  • Todd Bensman – Senior National Security Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies
  • David Grantham – Director of Intelligence, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and Senior Fellow, Center for a Secure Free Society
  • Joseph M. Humire – Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society 

Moderated by:

  • Ana Julia Jatar – Senior Editor, El Tiempo Latino

*Speaker TBC

Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited. Media inquiries please call (202) 758.9083.