Security of the border requires regulation

Security of the border requires regulation

El Paso : TX : USA | Jun 07, 2011 at 3:58 PM PDT
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America's post-9/11 border security policy has failed, in part, because the border policy has merged and entangled three differing components: counterterrorism strategy, the war on drugs and immigration enforcement.

A report, released today, examines how-- despite massive expenditures towards the renewed commitment to "border security" after 9/11-- U.S. border policy remains both unfocused and under attack by political interests.

Released by the Center for International Policy and written by Tom Barry, the report is entitled "Policy on the Edge: Failures of Border Security and New Directions for Border Control."

Due to the lack of a sharp strategic focus, it says, the management of the U.S.-Mexico border continues to suffer from the problems and pressures created by failed immigration and drug policies.

"Like the ill-considered invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the ‘global war against terrorism,' the post-9/11 border security buildup has drained our treasury while doing little to increase our security," says Barry.

The border security focus has fostered alarmist politics that highlight border threats and engender wasteful spending, reports "Policy on the Edge."

Border policy, as it stands currently, fails due to a lack of necessary reforms and a missing strategic focus, Barry says. This has produced some negative consequences: "...the rush to achieve border security has bred dangerous insecurities about immigration and about the integrity of our border, while giving new life to the flagging war on drugs at home and abroad."

"Bankrupt and without strategic direction, it is time to rein in the border security bandwagon and to establish new regulatory frameworks for U.S. border policy," Barry concludes.

The report recommends a new framework that offers solutions by regulation--for immigration, drugs, gun sales, border management. Those new regulatory directions must be more practical, effective and cost-efficient than current policies.

The report recommends shedding the border security framework for border policy and instead advocates:

  • Cost-benefit evaluation of the border security buildup;
  • Moratorium on new border security funding;
  • Address the failed drug prohibition, gun rights and immigration policies that drive illegal border crossings;
  • Terminate the new rash of federal-local border security programs; and
  • Set forth a new vision of pragmatic immigration reform that is not conditioned on the ambiguous notion of border security.
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