Experts Available: Budgets and Border Wall

  • Immigration
  • Economy & Public Budgets
  • Public Budgets & Taxes

With the December 7th funding deadline quickly approaching, a partial government shutdown seems increasingly likely. If you're looking for expert commentary for your coverage of the budget showdown, these scholars are responsive and available.


Professorial Lecturer and Research Scholar, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

"This 'budget crisis' has nothing to do with budgeting; it is political theatre."

Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department of Political Science; Director, Center for Policy Studies; and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

"The issues that might cause a shutdown now are relatively minor. The issues for 2019's budget fights are much more severe and harder to solve."

Border Wall

Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies

"Living in rural Mexico and interviewing families involved in migration, I learned that walls won't stop people from migrating. If people really want to come to the United States, or if they feel they have no choice but to migrate, walls just become something else they have to take into consideration."

Professor of Anthropology, Endowed Professor of Border Trade Issues, and Director, Center for Interamerican and Border Studies

"The border wall is an expensive, largely ineffective political symbol. It is irrelevant to the current challenges of migration at the border."

Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

"Once again, President Trump is trying to ram through his wildly expensive border wall. If he succeeds, the billions of dollars taxpayers would pay for the project would be converted into profits for private companies, and create more incentives for more harsh immigration and border policies. The wall is a massive distraction: from our impossible immigration laws, from America's long responsibility for ongoing migration, and from growing inequality throughout the country."