The U.S. shamefully pays tens of millions of dollars to Mexico to keep migrants from reaching our border. 94 talking about this. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its many partners across the federal government, public and private sectors, and communities across the country and around the world have worked since 9/11 to build a new homeland security enterprise to better mitigate and defend against dynamic threats, minimize risks, and maximize the ability to respond and recover from attacks and disasters of all kinds. Each year, thousands are held for ransom, enslaved or … And over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half." He will enforce our laws without targeting communities, violating due process, or tearing apart families. — President Obama, November 20, 2014. The dynamic threat to our country demands a more sophisticated approach to assessing security and a new dialogue is needed to determine how, and to what extent, we approach a secure border. Over the past two and a half years, DHS has seized 75 percent more currency, 31 percent more drugs, and 64 percent more weapons along the Southwest border as compared to the last two and a half years during the previous Administration. In 2012, the Border … Immigration is a pillar of our national identity, but the rule-of-law is the foundation upon which that and all other pillars stand. We believe there is nothing wrong with making sure the people entering our country who don't want to harm us. President Trump is sending national guard troops to protect America’s southern border. Kidnapping is rampant. Our immigration system has been broken for too long, and Congress must act. This campaign is about the following issues: "We must follow through on the broken promises of the past to secure our borders and enforce our laws," said Sen. Marco Rubio. The number of individuals arrested for illegally crossing the border hit a, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that each illegal immigrant that crosses the border is a fiscal drain of approximately, MS-13 is a criminal organization whose motto “mata, viola, controla” translates to “kill, rape, control.”. Securing our borders must be a priority. Over the past several years, DHS has deployed unprecedented levels of personnel, technology, and resources to the Southwest border. Along the Southwest border, DHS has increased the number of boots on the ground from approximately 9,100 Border Patrol agents in 2001 to more than 17,700 today. As Governor, Greg will continue to do the same. Over the past several years, DHS has deployed unprecedented levels of personnel, technology, and resources to the Southwest border. USCG has increased the presence and capabilities of maritime forces to address threats through the establishment of the. Members of the gang travel to the U.S. southern border from countries such as Honduras and El Salvador. The troops will help secure the border from illegal immigration, a decision that will protect the American people from foreign and domestic threats. Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. Nearly 20,000 Americans serve in the U.S. Border Patrol. And the DA will secure our borders and stop illegal immigration by: Arresting, detaining and deporting those who repeatedly enter our country illegally Ensure undocumented immigrants are regularised or assisted in leaving the country if they do not meet the criteria for remaining in the country. The best way to secure America’s southern border is a wall. Natural barriers make up a large portion of the border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deployed a quarter of all its personnel to the Southwest border region – the most ever- doubling the number of personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces which work to dismantle criminal organizations along the border; increasing the number of intelligence analysts focused on cartel violence; and quintupling deployments of Border Liaison Officers to work with their Mexican counterparts. Illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and people across our borders wreaks havoc on our communities. The most important aspect of immigration reform is keeping America safe. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed dual detection canine teams, which identify firearms and currency, as well as non-intrusive inspection systems, Mobile Surveillance Systems, Remote Video Surveillance Systems, thermal imaging systems, radiation portal monitors, and license plate readers to the Southwest border. Immigration reform should mean putting the safety and security of the American people first and enforcing our nation’s laws. Oct 25th, 2018 2 min read. The southern border is the primary arrival zone for the majority of illegal drugs smuggled into the U.S. according to the, Mexico is the largest supplier of methamphetamine to the U.S. according to the, More Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017. Protecting the nation's borders—land, air, and sea—from the illegal entry of people, weapons, drugs, and contraband is vital to our homeland security, as well as economic prosperity. The U.S. should be looking for border security policies and programs that will help to secure the border while protecting and promoting our nation's economic interests. The Border Patrol is better staffed today than at any time in its 87-year history. All Rights Reserved. Strengthening our border posts. Not only is this a great policy decision, but it’s a strategic one that puts America first. ", Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative WHTI. More secure ports of entry. It is past time for the United States to turn away from costly and haphazard efforts to secure the border and instead focus on reining in the costs of border enforcement. No matter how vigorously restaurants and gyms maintain COVID-19 safety protocols, they can’t control people arriving in Canada from outside our borders. The process of immigrating to the United States must be done lawfully. The southern border touches Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona. At the same time, DHS has made critical security improvements along the Northern border, investing in additional Border Patrol agents, technology, and infrastructure while also strengthening efforts to increase the security of the nation's maritime borders. Read the Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations, Progress Report 2011, Legal Immigration and Adjustment of Status Report, Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations, Declaration on 21st Century Border Management, "Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Finally securing our Southern and Northern borders will require a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the closing of legal loopholes. I was born into human trafficking and drug running in 1957; was rescued from it by Intelligence Insider Mark Phillips in 1988; and together, we blew the whistle on it for decades. Secure Our Borders “Immigrating to the United States must be done lawfully.” ~ Jeff Jordan. Border security is one of the most important national security issues that ACT For America is helping to enforce. The security of our southwest border is stronger than it has ever been. The Border Patrol, in turn, will be able to focus more of its resources on stopping criminals and potential security threats and on interdicting the flow of illegal drugs across the border. Sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date with the latest America First news and information. Fact: Asylum Proclamation and Rule,” November 9, 2018, https://www.dhs.gov/news/2018/11/09/dhs-myth-vs-fact-asylum-proclamation-and-rule, National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Overdose Death Rates,” August 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates, Kevin L. Perkins and Anthony P. 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Secure borders are essential to our national sovereignty. Managing the flow of people and goods into the United States is critical to maintaining our national security. Among the 105,736 criminal aliens with criminal convictions, 57,503 had been convicted of dangerous drug offenses. (Video: Joce Sterman and Alex Brauer, Sinclair Broadcast Group) SAN ANGELO, Tx. Wire, chain link, fencing, and wire mesh have been erected across nearly, An alien who crosses the border once is given a misdemeanor. It is essential to verify visitors' identities … He will secure our border, while ensuring the dignity of migrants and upholding their legal right to seek asylum. All of these efforts that have accumulated in the name of security, however, do not necessarily measure border security properly, or make the border more secure. This report outlines the security-related challenges that borders are intended to address—including terrorism, human smuggling and trafficking, illegal migration, and drug trafficking—and, in turn, the perverse consequences that tighter border enforcement can generate.