Our nation 's greatest and most obvious vulnerability remains our porous and unprotected southern land border. Yet every day, unknown numbers of human and drug smugglers, criminals and potential terrorists continue to illegally enter the United States through our border with Mexico. The exposure of our southern border demands that we take immediate action to implement the most effective enforcement mechanisms available. And while technology and manpower are an important part of this effort, the best and most effective method of preventing illegal foot and vehicle traffic from entering the United States is border security fencing. In San Diego County, border fencing remains a critical part of our effort to prevent and deter illegal immigrants and drug smugglers from entering the local community. Since construction of the San Diego border fence began in 1996, the smuggling of people and narcotics has dropped drastically; crime rates have been reduced by half, according to FBI statistics; vehicle drug drive-throughs have been eliminated; and apprehensions have decreased as the result of fewer crossing attempts. …show more content…
In fact, the San Diego border fence is serving to benefit both sides of the border. As conditions in San Diego County have improved, communities on the Mexican side of the border are no longer at the mercy of the armed gangs and drug smugglers who once roamed and controlled the Tijuana smuggling corridor. It is no surprise that when I proposed extending this infrastructure across 700 miles of our southern land border, critics immediately dismissed the idea that border fencing would serve any functional purpose. Recognizing the success of the San Diego border fence, however, the Secure Fence Act, which required the construction of double-layered fencing at strategic points along the U.S.-Mexico border, passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly and was signed into law by President
The Border Patrol is also harming the environment because the fence is disrupting the migrations cycles of animals. The Border Patrol’s enforcement operations is harming the environment. The Criminal Trafficking Operations are attracted to places where there are no border patrols because it guarantees them a journey without interruptions (“Securing Our Border...”). These Criminal Trafficking Operations target national parks and forests along the U.S.-Mexican border, which are becoming extremely dangerous for people to walk in. Theses parks are becoming dangerous because Drug Trafficking Organizations smuggle in drugs through National parks and forests.
The border between the United States and Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles long. Over the past few years, the United States had form a policy called Secure Fence Act to prevent drug sellers and terrorists out of America (Clifford). The act constructed fences to cover about one third of the border between Mexico and America along California, New Mexico, Texas and so on. Unfortunately, there were less environmental considerations when making the policy. The Los Angeles Times reported that in additional to build the fences, the United States government has been eluded over thirty environmental and cultural laws (Campbell).
One objective that CBP has in regards to border security, is to increase their situational awareness of the air, land, and maritime borders (CBP.gov 17). This means that the CBP is constantly making sure they stay on top of current threats and are ready to defend against any situation that they may encounter. A Second objective CBP has is to detect, interdict, and disrupt any type of illegal cross-border activities that may occur (CBP.gov). This is important when it comes to the security of the United States, because one of the illegal activities that could be occurring along the border is terrorist trying to get into the country. A good way to ensure that illegal cross-border activities do not take place, is by building and maintaining a superb relationship with all of the state, local, federal, tribal, and international partners
This scenario is what people hope will be reality if the wall is built all along the southern border. It will create a world where illegal immigrants will have a harder time coming into the United States and disturbing how many Americans live. This wall between the United States and Mexico has led to many arguments on either side. With the United States 2016 Presidential Campaign currently going on and Donald Trump saying that he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, border walls are becoming a popular discussion
It all starts with the United States passing the Immigration Act of 1907, which was a law that “required all immigrants entering the United States to pass through an official port of entry, submit themselves to inspection, and receive official authorization to legally enter the United States” (Hernandez pg 1). The United States quickly became a nation severely divided over the issues of illegal immigration. In May of 1924 the border patrol was created to enforce immigration laws and restrictions by preventing illegal border crossings and policing the borderland regions. Despite many possible subjects or ‘suspects’ of illegal immigration, such as Asians, Europeans, and prostitutes, the U.S border patrol almost exclusively focused on Mexican immigrant workers. Then in the 1940s, the focus of the U.S border patrol shifted to the southern border.
As a natural-born Texan, growing up on the South side of San Antonio, I can personally attest to how important our border and shared relationship is with Mexico. The United States as a whole is not very connected with Mexico with the exception of border states like Arizona, New Mexico, and California. However, the Texas border still continues to be struggling heavily and no change seems to be coming in the near future. As Governor, my policy for improving the economic deficient areas near the Texas border is simple. Regain control over our border lines and reinforce police control over gangs, human trafficking, and drug smuggling to America, begin to nurture the small border towns that need extreme help, and continue to improve the overall
After September 11, they sealed the border, built a wall, and began persecuting immigrants and justified it as a problem of security. This perspective became an excuse for everything,” said Sandra Rodriguez, an investigative reporter for Ciudad Juarez’s largest newspaper El Diario. The border and immigration are hot button issues in American politics. Brought up in speeches by candidates from all sides of the aisle and can easily factor into a successful campaign.
Fences can only do so much; people are the ones who stop the illegal immigrants from coming in. Only 44% of the border is under watch. The other 56% of the border is slightly monitored. In order to keep the United States secure from illegal aliens, all of the border has to be under operational control. More troops from the national guard need to be called in and spread out across the border.
Illegal immigrants evidently have had the ability to leach off of the American government, due to Obamacare. Illegal immigration is without a doubt one of the most attention needing problems the United States faces. The adversity devised from the jobs that illegal immigrants have apprehended from US citizens is formidable. President Trump has promised that he will reform the immigration laws and following his presidential campaign promise, building a large wall that separates Mexico and The United States. Building the wall reassures the population that we are indeed safe, we are a powerful country and there is no free ride in the land of hope and possibility.
One of America’s most controversial issues today is the border between the United States and Mexico. The big part of the issue is due to illegal immigration, which is when foreigners enter the U.S. without an entry or an immigrant visa. President Trump says he has found a solution, otherwise known as the “border wall,” but this will not stop people from wanting a better life. Of course I get why he and others would want to continue the process obviously to keep us safe from terrorists and other dangers of the world, but, to every pro there is a con. Even though the fence along the U.S./Mexico border is already being built, it should not continue being built because it is expensive, hurts the environment, and immigration rates have significantly dropped.
In Reece Jones article Why to Build a Border Wall?, originally published on November 8, 2012, in the North American Congress of Latin America, Jones explains the United States purpose of building a border wall. He states that these walls and fences are the results of the state internal politics and three specific reasons are made up to construct a border wall. These reasons are based on the state sovereignty, protection of wealth and cultural practices. Jones also establishes that barrier constructions legitimate and intensifies the internal practices of a sovereign state.
In Rachel St. John’s book, “Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border,” the author offers up “a history of how and why the border changed” (St. John 1). This is her central thesis that she presents, providing evidence and historical context concerning the border and its changes over the course of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. In seven chapters plus and introduction providing more general information and a conclusion that brings the U.S.-Mexico border situation into the present day, Rachel St. John’s focus is both periodical and geographical. St. John moves across both space and time in her book, looking at how region and era affected the border situation and how these effects differed in significance. St. John takes
In "Migra! A History of the U.S Border Patrol", By Kelly Lytle Hernandez, she explores the controversial issue today known as the dissension that surrounds our border with Mexico. Hernandez also outlines the policies and ideology of the U.S Border Patrol that were discovered and really brought out in the early 1920s to the late 1920s. She does a detailed research on the beginning to what becomes the authorized United States Border Patrol.
The wall has been estimated to cost 70 billion, and 150 million a year to maintain. The wall is a definitely a stretch of a solution, since most crossings involve hiding somewhere in vehicles. Possibly instead of investing money into a large, multi-billion dollar wall, we should invest in some high-powered x-ray machines along the border. Then we would be able to detect human skeletons, and I’m positive it will be cheaper than a wall. But when it comes to legal immigrants, there should be no kind of ban on them.