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Enforcing the Border: No Easy Solutions

Michael Pearson

In 2000, Congress set aside 26,000 beds for illegal immigrants caught crossing the border. That same year, 1.2 million people were arrested by the U.S. border patrol’s 7,000 agents. Some of those arrested remained detained, while others were sent back to their home countries—but the vast majority of illegal immigrants were simply given a summons and let go. Law enforcement, immigration, and border patrol expert Michael Pearson tells GLG the same cycle remains true nearly two decades later. In this video, he discusses immigration policy, detention, and the uphill battle the Trump Administration will face in enforcing its tough stance on immigration.

Former Federal Detention Trustee at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Michael Pearson, has spent more than forty years in law enforcement. Currently, he consults on issues related to immigration, detention, and prisoner transportation at his eponymous firm. At the DOJ, Pearson oversaw all federal detention planning, funding, contracting, and policy-making. Prior to this, Pearson spent nearly a decade as the Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, where he worked extensively in their asset forfeiture program, Congressional and public affairs, as well as procurement. Previously, he was the Executive Associate Commissioner for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. From 1997 to 2002, he was responsible for all field operations, including border patrol, immigration inspections, citizenship and visa applications, asylum, and overseas operations. Pearson holds a MA from the George Washington University and a BS from Michigan State University.