Strategy for Securing Our BorderPosted by Randy | May 31, 2011
The U.S. Border Patrol has operational control of less than 44 percent of the southwest border and has reached an acceptable level of security on only 32 of approximately 4,000 miles along the northern border, according to recent testimony from the Government Accountability Office.
The preamble of our Constitution states that the primary responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. The first step in achieving this goal is to effectively secure our borders by preventing unlawful entries, illicit drugs and other contraband from entering our nation.
I’ve recently cosponsored the Secure Border Act, which will require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a plan to gain operational control of our borders within five years. The bill requires DHS to take into account staffing requirements and infrastructure needs such as pedestrian fencing, vehicle barriers, and use of unmanned aerial vehicles, technology and sensors.
What are your thoughts on the Secure Border Act? Read more about my solutions for addressing our broken immigration system here.
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