Senator Rand Paul explains how its true that border security can increase synonymously to the increase of legal citizenship from immigrants. Border security is on the rise and becoming safer than before and the pathway to citizenship is becoming easier for immigrants to follow and become legal in the U.S.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security speaks on how immigration can not be discussed until security of our countries borders are addressed first. Once a strong secure border is set, then issues such as legal migration can be ensured for people seeking citizenship and employment legally in the United States.
This article in The Washington Post addressed different aspects of border control between the U.S. and Mexico. Not all aspects are positive, such as homicide and drug seizures, but more effective immigration reform could help turn this negative aspects among borders around allowing for a more feasible form of citizenship into the U.S. instead of actions happening illegally. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/world/patrolling-the-us-mexico-border/
The article above is a timeline of events that has impacted border control in the U.S. as told from The New York Times. This timeline includes immigration impacts on the financial status of the U.S., border tensions with the U.S. and Mexico, drug seizures, border control legislation, racial profiling, etc.
Our overall argument for this blog is Immigration Reform and how to achieve legal immigration in the best way possible for our country. Border control is a hot topic that comes along with immigration reform. When is there too much border control or is that even a problem? The answer is no, there is never too much security at our borders. Along the border their are small towns in Texas that are expressing their concerns with the increasing border control and they are speaking out about it.
In the small town of Laredo, Texas, the increase of helicopters and security checkpoints are causing citizens fears to even go into those towns which is creating a loss in business and those neighborhoods to be poor and create crime. Juanita Valdex-Cox, executive director of the immigrant-rights organization LUPE in the Rio Grande Valley says, “We have seen billions of dollars spent on security. And then you think about the real issues as far as healthcare…and a good education” (Margolis, 2013). Those real issues, health care and education, are all direct effects of the crime, drug smuggling and illegal immigration that is happening. Without the increase border security and the push for earned citizenship these problems are only going to get worse and lead to even more issues.
So, for the citizens living down in the Texas border towns who worry about the increase security they should feel safe. Towns like Laredo is where the problem begins and then filtrates to the rest of the country. If border security can stop where the illegal immigrants are entering and smuggling drugs and people then immigration reform can take place. Those towns can then start their road to becoming more developed and independent. They are economically fragile because of their environment and people’s fear to be there. Immigration reform starts with increased border control.
Margolis, J., Texas Border Residents Argue Against More Security. PRI. (2013) Retrieved from http://pri.org/stories/2013-03-18/texas-border-residents-argue-against-more-security
The Department of Homeland Security concisely sums up why we support increased and stricter border control (also referred to as border security) when it said, “Protecting our borders from the illegal movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people, while promoting lawful entry and exit, is essential to homeland security, economic prosperity, and national sovereignty” (Homeland Security). In regards to immigration reform, we focus on the people aspect of the statement, as we think immigrants should not be able to just hop a fence for work in the country, but need to go through the proper and legal path of citizenship beforehand. The purpose of the border is to create and safe and fair environment for the US citizens and to keep out those who do not hold that privilege.
The nearly 700 miles of fence separating Mexico from the United States may stop vehicles full of illegal immigrants to cross, but minimally affects walkers’ access into the states. That said, the current count of more than 21,000 protection officers guarding the border by; land, sea and air is just not enough (Creating and Immigration System of the 21st Century).
Limiting the illegal access by transportation means (crossing the fence) should be the government’s first problem to attack. We acknowledge that total security is impossible and that just putting up more and more fences will not completely solve the problem. We simply think that while Congress argues back and forth to pass immigration laws, the country can keep the borders strong and illegal immigrants out. Even though the task asks for large sums of government funds, in the long run the payments will even out. This is because less non- US citizens will take away wages from tax paying citizens. The government does not help the situation by deporting travelers in the US on expired visas or incomplete/fake paperwork when they can leave and come right back because of the weak border patrol.
We are aligned with the Obama administration’s actions and stances taken on border security. We firmly think that it is near impossible to tackle the problems revolving immigration and make progress with the immigration reform without addressing the terms of border security. “We stengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants, President Barack Obama said on January 29, 2013. “We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000.” The increase in border security is a step in the right direction of immigration reform. Immigrants should only be allowed to enter the United States by obtaining citizenship and not by squeezing through the bordering fence.
Alden, E. (2012). Immigration and Border Control. Cato Journal, 32(1), 107-124. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/cato-journal/2012/1/cj32n1-8.pdf
Creating an Immigration System for the 21st Century. (n.d.). Continuing to Strengthen Border Security. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/border-security
Garcia, A., Fitz, M., & Kelly, A. (n.d.). The “Border Security First” Argument: A Red Herring Undermining Real Security. Center for American Progress. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/report/2011/03/29/9327/the-border-security-first-argument-a-red-herring-undermining-real-security/
Homeland Security. (n.d.). Border Security Overview. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from http://www.dhs.gov/border-security-overview