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Strategy for Securing Our Border
Posted 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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  • John Concannon commented on 5/31/2011
    Secure Border Act of 2011 - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs a comprehensive strategy for gaining operational control of the international borders of the United States within five years. So now we are talking about sometime in the future, after the legislation passes both houses and is signed into law. And who defines what "operational control" means? And, speaking about "operational control of the international borders of the United States", does this Act cover, in any way, the northern border with our ally Canada? No, it does not. International borders are not just our borders with Mexico. The goal of the H.R. 1299 is our border with Mexico. This legislation being directed to one area of our borders, in my opinion, is flawed and needs reexamination.
  • Frank Wagner commented on 6/1/2011
    Our borders are a national disgrace and are made so by a political pary that wants to assure continual growth of its constituency. Until a congress and presidency is in place that can exhibit sanity, nothing will happen, no matter how many bills are introduced.
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