The largest task for the US government is protecting the Northern American borders with Canada and Mexico as well all ports of entry. Without the proper border security, we cannot have a secure nation. After 9/11, the government spent billions of dollars upgrading the nation’s security systems but borders security remains weak. The borders are an unobstructed point of entry for illegal immigrants, drugs, weapons, money laundering, human trafficking and terrorist groups. The security challenges along the border offer a variety of issues. The current model in use to protect and deter illegal immigrates, criminals, drug lords, terrorist and human trafficking is ineffective. It is the government’s responsibility to stop these illegal activities and provide protection from all the current problems. The US must set the goal to tighten its border security to decrease the free flow of illegal activities and potential terrorist and WMD’s. This paper will highlight the current problems with border security and the illegal activities that surround the border. History The history of the US borders and border security agencies started after the American Revolution war 1783. After the war, the US established partial borders, but not all of the boundaries we know today. The border did not happen overnight but was a process of exploring, and expanding into the nation we know today. History shows the struggle the US faced securing the borders and maintaining them. In July, 1789 congress passed the Tariff Act that created the first department of customs controlled by the treasury department. With the increasing demands of the border, the treasuries choose to create the Division of Customs in 1875. In 1927, the division of customs formed the B... ... middle of paper ... ...lding the Homeland Security State. NACLA Report On The Americas, 41(6), 15-20. Mora, Edwin. (May 8, 2012). GAO: New Border Patrol Strategy Lacks Measures to Gauge Effectiveness. CNSNews.com. Retrieved on November 11, 2012. From http://cnsnews.com/ news/article/gao-new-border-patrol-strategy-lacks-measures-gauge- effectiveness-0. Realuyo C.B It’s All about the Money - Wilson Center | Independent ... (N.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/Realuyo_U.S.-Mexico_Money_Launde Salett, Elizabeth Pathy, LICSW (2007) “Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery Practice Update: Human Rights and International Affairs;” accessed online at: http://www.apcss.org Warde, I. (2008). The price of fear. Los Angeles: University of California Press. Whitlock, C. (2008, August 24). Al-Qaeda masters terrorism on the cheap. The Washington Post, Pg. A01.
Tod Miller opens up hisbook by CBP’s involvement in Super Bowl security. This involvement reveals the consequences of hyper-security not only aimed at the order, but also in football fields and local community. The author reveals out the huge budgets spent on the border agency. From the chapter 1,2 and 8, he reports that since 2/11, the US government has spent around $791
The power that the drug cartels have over the Mexican government and civilians has risen, terrorizing the country as a whole. With the fear the cartels have drilled in the civilians in Mexico, the United States has taken action to aid its neighboring country. In many cases Mexican civilians have had to move for their safety; “people move after their source of income has declined or become less sustainable as a result…of violence [from the cartels] and insecurity” (Albuja 29.) The Mexican military and the United States marines have come together to create safety to the civilians in Mexico. Both the Marines and the military govern over the streets of specific parts of the th...
United States Border Patrol has been around since 1904 enforcing and regulating laws under the immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. border patrol is now under the Department of Homeland Security, which was created as a response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Over the years, their jurisdiction and missions have changed to better protect the safety of nation. Although border patrol is a need for any nation, their extensive acceptations to constitutional laws can often be taken advantage of. The mission of the U.S. border patrol should be to prevent illegal aliens, which are a threat to American society, from reaching their purpose. Frequently, their purpose can be confused or executed in a bias manner.
I will start by saying I fully enjoyed this excerpt and was totally enthralled by Silko’s writing. Silko managed to beautifully blend together hard testimonies and statistics along with descriptive imagery and a touch of philosophical whimsy. With that out of the way, I will spend the rest of this discussion post on random observations since this thread does not seem to have a firm purpose like the Chapter 1 thread.
In the documentary “Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration” I had the opportunity to view material that I’ve had only little knowledge of. I was amazed how the South and Southwest part of the country that border Mexico handle things in regards of the immigration laws. Without noticing previously, I spot the three types of audience appeal were in use which was emotional, logic, and character appeal. These appeals contribute to the authors purpose and ways of getting a reaction and understanding from the audience.
Drug trafficking has been a massive concern between the borders of Mexico and the U.S. “since mid 1970s” (Wyler, 1). Drug trafficking is “knowingly being in possession, manufacturing, selling, purchasing, or delivering an illegal, controlled substance” (LaMance, 1). A dynamic relationship exists amongst Columbia, Mexico, and the U.S. the informal drug trafficking economy. This growing informal drug economy leads to many individuals creating a substantial living through this undercover market. These individual drug cartels monopolizing the trafficking market are a growing problem for the U.S economy and need to be located and controlled. If this trafficking continues, the U.S. informal economy will crush the growth of legal industries. The trafficking and abuse of drugs in the U.S. affects nearly all aspects of consumer life. Drug trafficking remains a growing issue and concern to the U.S. government. The U.S. border control must find a way to work with Mexico to overpower the individuals who contribute to the drug trafficking business. This market must be seized and these individuals must be stopped.
The American Northern border with Canada is 4,000 miles stretching from Washington State to Maine with 115 border crossing points that are manned (U.S. Border Patrol 2014). Likewise, the Southern border with Mexico is 2,000 miles stretching from Texas to California with 61 manned border crossing points (U.S. Border Patrol 2014). The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has worked diligently to emplace a wall and vehicle barriers to prevent drug smugglers and illegal immigrants from crossing the southern border while improving the port crossing along the northern border. The borders had a combined flow of 25,755,204 pedestrian’s travelers and 111,595,575 vehicles both passenger and commercial carrying 186,865,756 passengers. The commercial vehicles also carry 13,598,408 containers for 2013. Manning these ports and patrolling the vast 6,000 miles of border are a force of 20,000 Customs and Border agents (Research and Innovative Technology Administration 2014).
Preventing terrorism and enhancing security consists of preventing attacks, the importation, and movement or use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials within the borders, and reducing the vulnerability of critical
There has already been some impact to the United States with the current security measures in place at the borders. In the DHS report Secure Borders and Open Doors (2008) it stated, statistics, public opinion studies, and anecdotal evidence show that the policies put in place to make our borders more secure are perceived
The United States has endured numerous security breaches and high security threats over the past two decades. After the attacks on 9/11, the office of Intelligence became a vital source in retrieving sensitive data and tracking down potential terrorists and their networks which could pose a threat to the American people and then forwarding that vital information to the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies. Intelligence became a key role in “assessing threats to critical American infrastructures, bio-and nuclear terrorism, pandemic diseases, threats to the borders to the nation, and radicalization within American society” (Randol, 2009, p. 7). The sharing of homeland security intelligence has become a precedence for Congress and the government. Our nation must be one step ahead of any potential terrorists that want to harm our turf. Within this text the capabilities and limitations of both domestic and foreign intelligence in supporting homeland security efforts will be explained;
Over the years it seems as though our country has become more populated and unsafe from the illegal immigrants and smuggled goods, such as drugs and weapons, which make it into the United States. Although there are many illegal immigrants and contraband that are able to make it into the U.S undetected, there are a significant amount of people and contraband that are caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The CBP is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was formed in 2003. “It is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S” (CBP). One of the departments of the CBP is border security, which is a team of individuals that work together to protect our country from “illegal immigrants, narcotics smuggling, and illegal importation” (CBP). Border patrol was established in 1924 and has changed dramatically over the decades. The one aspect that has not changed is “the overall mission to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the U.S” (CBP). The border patrol is responsible for patrolling the 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian land borders and 2,000 miles of coastal waters. According to CBP, “In 2013 420,789 nationwide illegal aliens were apprehended and 2.9 million pounds of drugs were seized.” As one could tell, there is a significant amount of illegal immigrants and smuggled goods coming into the U.S. However, the number of illegal immigrants that have been seized is lower than it has been in the past, but I still believe that having a strong border security is necessary in continuing to keep immigrants from trying to come into the U.S illegally and transporting illegal goods. “The primary goal of bo...
The Mexican-American border barriers were originally built as part of a three-pronged approach to diminish illicit contraband, drug smuggling, and illegal immigrants. This operation would curtail drug transport routes from Central America. Three headquarters were established along the Unites States border: operation gatekeeper in California, Operation Hold-the-Line in Texas, and Operation Safeguard in Arizona. These strategically placed headquarters have done an outstanding job securing our borders the past decade, however with drug smuggling on the rise, they require much more support from the government. Regrettably, adversaries of the barriers claim that they are more of a political gambit to instigate foreign affairs and a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. These opponents see the United States-Mexico barrier as an unsuccessful deterrent to illegal immigrants and unwanted drugs that ultimately and inaptly endangers the security and wellbeing of immigrants seeking refuge in the States.
1969: For two weeks the border between Mexico and the United States searched every single vehicle that tried to enter the United States and it is now known as the first major drug interdiction operation across the border. The reason why was a response to the high amounts of