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U.S. has Serious Problem at Southern Border

By: Brad Rateike

Brad Rateike is a Senior Advisor to Nahigian Strategies. He is the founding principal of Bar Communications where he has directed public relations strategy and message development for corporate, government and nonprofit clients in the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. since 2010. 


Earlier this month, I spent five days in McAllen, Texas, a city of 142,000 along the United States-Mexico border. I had been asked to assist with the White House advance team before President Trump’s visit there. As we prepared for his arrival, we had the privilege of spending many hours with the women and men of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The work they do to protect our borders is truly impressive. However, my takeaway from what we heard and observed is that there clearly is a serious problem at our border.

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