Blas Nunez-Neto

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Senior Policy Researcher
Washington Office

Education

Masters in government administration, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in Political Science and English, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

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Overview

Blas Nuñez-Neto is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and an expert in homeland and border security, travel, and international trade policy. Prior to joining RAND, he served as a senior advisor to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for more than two years.  His portfolio included international affairs and relations, travel and trade facilitation and enforcement, and border management. He also served as a key member of the Administration's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba.

Prior to CBP, Nuñez-Neto worked for more than 11 years in Congress researching these issues for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In the U.S. Senate, he was the chief advisor for the Chairman on all issues related to border security, immigration enforcement, international screening, and preventing terrorist travel. He conducted oversight over federal agencies and programs, drafted and negotiated legislation, organized Committee hearings, and authored Committee Reports and Member statements.

At CRS, Nuñez-Neto provided expert analysis for Members of Congress on border security, homeland security appropriations and management, juvenile justice, and offender reentry issues. He coordinated and led the CRS-wide Homeland Security Appropriations Team, testified before Congress, and presented at a number of conferences. He authored more than 50 reports and memoranda for Congress. 

Nuñez-Neto received his B.A. in political science and English, with cum laude honors, from the University of Pennsylania and his M.G.A. in government administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Commentary

  • Migrants from Central America enter the United States Border and Customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico, May 4, 2018

    New Border Policy Could Have Unintended Consequences

    The Trump administration has announced significant policy changes to deter migrants from coming to America. These changes will likely have a significant impact on border operations and the federal court system. But it's less clear whether they will have the intended impact of reducing illegal immigration.

    May 21, 2018 United Press International

  • People speak through the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, November 18, 2017

    Prioritizing Security at the U.S. Border with Mexico

    As debate on border security continues, policymakers would be wise to look beyond the heated rhetoric to clearly identify priorities and make informed decisions about how best to deploy finite resources to get the strongest security for the investment.

    Jan 29, 2018 U.S. News & World Report

  • The border fence between United States and Mexico

    The Big Border Security Question

    What does a secure U.S.-Mexico border look like? And what kind of security measures are needed? Despite investing billions of dollars since 9/11, it's still a struggle to measure how effective U.S. border security operations are.

    Dec 9, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

  • Prototypes for a U.S. border wall are shown near completion behind the current border fence near Tijuana, Mexico, October 23, 2017

    Broken Border or Broken Policy?

    What does a secure land border look like? The U.S. government's inability to provide an answer has trapped America in a vicious cycle. Every decade, the perception that the U.S.-Mexico border isn't secure enough leads to big investments—with mixed results.

    Nov 17, 2017 U.S. News & World Report