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Improving Border Control

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Workforce - The first thing I would look to, with regard to increased border control, is the workforce and how it can be improved. This makes logical sense because they are the ones who are there patrolling the areas where the Mexican drugs are getting through at high rates. One pillar of the US Merida Initiative of 2007 was to fortify the southern border (Lee) and Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security Secretary, said that she wanted to “better secure the border”, which both require the dedicated work of the Border Patrol (“US Tightens Border”). The Border Patrol manpower can be looked at from many ways, such as the extent of the workforce and decrease in corruption. As of 2013, the politicians were seeking improvements by adding more fencing, more military equipment and increasing the labor force to 20,000 agents (Holmes). Even though this may sound like great stretches for improvement, is it really enough to cover the 2,000 miles of US-Mexican border? I think the US will have to look to extensive border improvements and upgrades, although expensive, to decrease the trafficking of drugs and guns, because if we can stop the import of drugs we can potentially stop drug related crime happening in our cities. First of all, by increasing the number of workers in border control, we can reduce the amount of tired, burnout, distracted workers, because as it is mentioned in the article “Mexico’s Drug War”, the committed men and women who work on the border are in desperate need for assistance. Payan mentions, in his article, that distracted workers are a weakness that the cartels look out for to indicate a weak spot where they may be able to cross the border undetected (872). Increasing the labor force will provide the border entrie...

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