Border Wars

Mexican-American Border Fence Feud
Candace Williams
ENG 122
Alisa Moore

      Drug trafficking in America is a source of concern for its citizens.   It breaches the security of our borders and influences the economic constraints already in place.   It is illegal and costs the American taxpayer and their states both lives and dollars.   Law enforcement finds itself outnumbered and out funded by illegal immigration from whence the majority of drug trafficking apprehensions occur.   Drug trafficking ,once a minor border excursion ,has blossomed into a full mainstream activity spanning both the Southern and Northern borders of this country.   Post 9/11 efforts have centered on how to counter this new type of terrorism that uses the former corridors of illegal immigration as port of entries.   This counter-offensive has necessitated a tougher immigration policy and a stronger physical presence at the borders of the United States.
      Along the entire Southwest border of the United States lays a partially visible but mostly invisible security fence separating our country from Mexico.   Four states are named as southwest borders states. These are California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.   The Southwest border covers almost 2,000 miles of rugged, rural, and arid desert land.   It is protected by surveillance from several government agencies including the new immigration agency CBP Border Patrol as part of the Department of Homeland Security.   The Border Patrol’s main purpose is to prevent the unlawful entry of aliens (noncitizens) into the United States.   Border Patrol works to intercept illegal drugs being smuggled into the country (“Border Patrol, United States”, 2011).   The border itself is not a continuous wall but rather a series of short walls in each state that rely on sensors and monitors to patrol the non-walled areas (NOW/PBS, 2008).   These high security measures bring the fence into the twenty-first century of border protection.   It is costly and...