The Department of Homeland Security and Border Security

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Over the course of the history of the United States of America, the country has had struggles with its own borders and the protection of those borders. Illegal immigration is a big problem and the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and cash over our borders into our country has evolved into a bigger problem. The United States has over seven-thousand miles of border to cover each day. That is quite a bit of land, but the only problem with this is there is a lack of manpower to cover every single mile of border. The US shares its borders with Canada and Mexico. All along these borders are small communities and cities that are occupied by US citizens. This means that these cities and communities require the protection of our Homeland Security Agency. The Department of Homeland Security works tirelessly to safeguard our borders through the deployment of technology, personnel, and infrastructure. They also work closely with our neighboring countries, Mexico and Canada. Also, they work with local, state, federal and territorial agencies inside the United States. There are many different types of agents that watch the US borders including Air and Marine agents, agriculture specialists, CBP Border Patrol agents and officers. These agents do their best to safeguard our borders and prevent weapons and terrorists from entering our country and doing great harm to the citizens of the United States of America. Stopping these terrorists and weapons are not the only job they do. Also, they apprehend criminals, seize contraband, and stop anyone who is trying to enter the country illegally. The Department of Homeland Security is trying its hardest to increase the number of people that they have employed and on the ground to defend our country’s borde... ... middle of paper ... ... down illegal immigrants to transport them back to their native country (Results). Works Cited CBP.gov. (2011, Jan. 05). Border Patrol Overview. Retrieved from http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/border_patrol_ohs/overview.xml U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 2012 – 2016 Border Patrol Strategic Plan [PDF file]. Retrieved from http://nemo.cbp.gov/obp/bp_strategic_plan.pdf U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Border Security Overview. Retrieved from http://www.dhs.gov/border-security-overview U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Border Security Results. Retrieved from http://www.dhs.gov/border-security-results Committee on Homeland Security. Summary of H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013 [PDF file]. Retrieved from http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/documents/07-13-HR-1417-Summary-3.pdf

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