This paper will talk about a comprehensive plan for U.S. border security. The plan includes concepts such as border security, immigration issues, economic impact and future political ramifications. This paper will address the current pitfalls associated with this topic and your recommendations on how to rectify them.
U.S. Border Patrol Strategic Plan DEDICATED...DEVOTED...DILIGENCE. When you think of the U.S. Border Patrol, these are a few of the words, which describe the efforts of the Border Patrol in securing our Nation's borders. Since their beginnings in 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol has enjoyed a long and illustrious history the preeminent leader in border security. From the onset, their main mission was to prevent illegal immigration into to U.S. However, following September 11, and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the Border Patrol merged with other agencies charged with borders enforcement duties and responsibilities, such as INS and the U.S. Customs Service. With this merger, the U.S. Border Patrol mission statement not only focused on illegal immigration, it now includes detection and prevention of terrorist, weapons of mass destruction, and unauthorized aliens and to interdict drug smugglers and other criminals between official points of interest. Though our mission statement will remain the same, "We are the guardians of our Nation's borders. We are America's frontline. We safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders. We protect the American public against terrorist and the instruments of terror. We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States wile fostering our Nation's economic security through lawful international trade and travel; and we serve the American public with vigilance, integrity and professionalism (2012-2016 Border Patrol, 2012)." The new Border Patrol Strategic Plan has two aims in securing our borders; it will work with Federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners to secure our borders through information, integration and rapid response risk based processes. “Information provides situational awareness and intelligence developed by blending things such as reconnaissance, sign-cutting and tracking, and technology to understand the threats faced along the nations’ borders. Integration denotes CPB corporate planning an execution of border-security operations while leveraging partnerships with other Federal, state, local tribal and international organizations. Rapid Response means the border Patrol and it partners can respond quickly and appropriately to changing threats (2012-2016 Border Patrol, 2012).” The second goal of the plan calls for investing in people and organization capabilities which includes improving the skills and abilities of personnel, optimizing organization structure sand process, and becoming a more mature and sophisticated law enforcement organization. The U.S. Border Patrol will take on this mission with renewed devotion, dedication and diligence in securing our nations. The U.S. Border Patrol is responsible for guarding 7,000 miles of land border the United States shares with Canada and Mexico and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida peninsula and off the coast of Southern California. In securing our borders, the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) was established; is a wide-ranging plan to secure America’s borders and reduce illegal migration. The purpose of SBI is:
To use more agents to patrol our borders, secure our ports of entry and enforce immigration laws; Expanded detention and removal capabilities to eliminate “catch and release”;
A comprehensive and systemic upgrading of the technology used in controlling the border;
Increased investment in infrastructure improvements at the border ; and Increase interior enforcement of our immigration laws.
Illegal immigration represents a test for law