Border Security Military

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Jonathan R. Badillo
Dr. Pierre Kleffe
LGLA 1372: National Security Law
December 11, 2015

Should the U.S. military be used for border security to help prevent illegal immigration?
The Department of Homeland Security has the responsibility to prevent the entry of terrorist, secure the borders, and conducting immigration enforcement tasks. United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for the security in the borders of the United States. Now, within the CBP, is the United States Border Patrol. The United States Border Patrol’s mission is to detect and prevent the illegal entry of immigrants across approximately 7,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international borders and
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Illegal drug activities, and crime have become more and more of a norm in the Northern Mexico – United States border. In 2010, after the infamous murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz (who was suspected to be killed by an illegal immigrant supporting drug operations), there has been a public outcry to increase the security along the border. The governors and adjutants generals of the Mexico Border States requested that President Barrack Obama, and his administration created a new federal border mission similar to Operation Jump Start in 2006. Members of Congress have also called for the deployment of National Guard soldiers along the southern border to combat illegal immigration, drug and alien smuggling, and violent…show more content…
However, this lies in the hands of Congress. I believe that the problem of illegal immigration is not going to go away any time soon and that it will increase during the upcoming years. It is evident that the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs, and Border Patrol are not able to solve this situation alone. It is not because they are not capable or don’t have the training… it is simply the fact, that they do not have enough personnel on the borders, that is trained to conduct the daily operations. The Department of Defense continues to receive budget cuts, and with those budget cuts, the nation seems more vulnerable each day. Going forward, I believe that Congress, and the President should work together to pass a legislation that rotates military personnel in a deployment schedule to the borders. This would require many logistical efforts from multiple parties but it is accomplishable.

Works Cited
Mason, Chuck. Securing Americas Borders https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R41286.pdf
Haddal, Chad. Border Security: The Role of the U.S. Border Patrol
National Guard Bureau After Action Report, Operation Jump Start: Operational Lessons Learned, NGB J7 Joint Lessons Learned Branch
State of New Mexico, “Governor Bill Richardson Orders National Guard to Patrol the

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