The Southern Border Separating The United States Essay

1164 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
The southern border separating the United States from Mexico is nothing more than a river to people that live and work in the area; imaginary lines that decide the fate of so many people. After the border came into existence, for many years life was as it had always been a constant ebb and flow of migratory workers. Before the morning of September 11, 2001, Americans understood the borders by the typical political sound bites on immigration. After that fateful day, The United States government drew a line in the sand, and acknowledged that a porous border was not good for our national security. The U.S. southern border is a national security nightmare with a multitude of unsolvable situations. Federal Border Patrol agents and high tech gadgetry primarily protect the United States southern border. The task of securing about 7000 miles of the border lies in the hands of the U.S customs and border patrol. (Eckardt) Established by congress in 1924 the CBP has grown from less than 500 agents to around 20,000 agents over the years. (Graham) These agents are to stop the illegal entry of anyone that is trying to get into the United States.
The Border Patrols meager start from mounted patrols, has led to a post-9/11 militarized border patrol with helicopters, fighter jets, and UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles). (Eckardt) As the CBP has grown, the equipment has advanced; consequently, not always for the better. One example is the ground sensors placed around the border to…

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