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Securing Human Mobility in the Age of Risk: New Challenges for Travel, Migration, and Borders

By Susan Ginsburg

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With nearly 500 million U.S. border crossings a year and over a quarter of Americans possessing passports, the federal government faces a daunting challenge in protecting people on the move from the risks of direct attack, preventing the travel-and-immigration system from being exploited by terrorists and criminals, and infusing it with resilience against breakdowns. Author Susan Ginsburg examines the massive enforcement buildup that has occurred since 9/11, finding it out of sync with some of the government’s security imperatives.

“Susan Ginsburg's book is a comprehensive and original look at how we can integrate security with global mobility in a way that promotes both safety and efficiency. Policymakers around the world should pay close attention.” — Michael Chertoff, Former US Homeland Security Secretary

“A much-needed and well-documented prescription for aligning security needs and our immigration policy.” — Jamie S. Gorelick, Former Deputy Attorney General and 9/11 Commission member

“Susan Ginsburg has made a serious contribution to the dialogue on immigration and terrorism. Too often, the two are linked in the minds of policymakers and the public to the detriment of rational immigration policy and effective counterterrorism measures. Ginsburg’s book sees over the horizon and sets forth a more effective approach to managing the terrorist threat without undermining our nation’s immigration legacy. Her book should be of broad interest to policymakers, homeland security and counterterrorism officials, and anyone who is interested in learning how we can more effectively address the threat of terrorism while preserving core American values.” — James W. Ziglar, Former US Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner

“This is one of the most important books to be published in recent years. The subject — population movement — is set in a strategic and legal context, rich with statistics and subtle argument. I know of no book on this crucial topic that approaches Ginsburg’s scope and depth. A rare and significant achievement.” — Philip Bobbitt, Director of the Center for National Security, Columbia Law School

“Ginsburg is a seasoned policy analyst with a point of view on how to break out of the current 20th-century construct of security based almost solely on securing borders and managing illegal immigration. She offers not radical change but a much broader, more encompassing framework that really brings a systems-engineering approach to the problem — an approach that gets at the roots of the problem from strengthening international institutions to upholding the right of freedom of movement while being even tougher in denying such mobility to terrorists, criminals, corrupt officials, and human rights violators.” — Gen. John A. Gordon, Former White House Homeland Security Adviser and CIA Deputy Director

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