The number of individuals arrested for illegally crossing the border hit a, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that each illegal immigrant that crosses the border is a fiscal drain of approximately, MS-13 is a criminal organization whose motto “mata, viola, controla” translates to “kill, rape, control.”. USCG's Maritime Security and Response Operations include waterborne and aerial patrols as well as armed escorts of hazardous cargos and passenger vessels in order to reduce the risk of terrorism to the U.S. Marine Transportation System, critical infrastructure and key resources. Wire, chain link, fencing, and wire mesh have been erected across nearly, An alien who crosses the border once is given a misdemeanor. He will enforce our laws without targeting communities, violating due process, or tearing apart families. All Rights Reserved. There are three major reasons America needs to protect and secure its borders: security, health, and American jobs. Q&A: How the Military Can Help Secure the Border. And the DA will secure our borders and stop illegal immigration by: Arresting, detaining and deporting those who repeatedly enter our country illegally Ensure undocumented immigrants are regularised or assisted in leaving the country if they do not meet the criteria for remaining in the country. Of the 110,568 illegal aliens apprehended from January 20 to September 30, 2017, 92 percent had a criminal conviction, a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or were processed with a reinstated final order of removal. Protecting the nation's borders—land, air, and sea—from the illegal entry of people, weapons, drugs, and contraband is vital to our homeland security, as well as economic prosperity. The U.S. shamefully pays tens of millions of dollars to Mexico to keep migrants from reaching our border. The southern border touches Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona. This includes protecting our southern border with a wall to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling; putting an end to sanctuary cities; and deporting illegal aliens with criminal records. In 2012, the Border … The Border Patrol, in turn, will be able to focus more of its resources on stopping criminals and potential security threats and on interdicting the flow of illegal drugs across the border. The dynamic threat to our country demands a more sophisticated approach to assessing security and a new dialogue is needed to determine how, and to what extent, we approach a secure border. Strengthening our border posts. Immigration reform should mean putting the safety and security of the American people first and enforcing our nation’s laws. Natural barriers make up a large portion of the border. Over the past two and a half years, DHS has seized 75 percent more currency, 31 percent more drugs, and 64 percent more weapons along the Southwest border as compared to the last two and a half years during the previous Administration. Border security is one of the most important national security issues that ACT For America is helping to enforce. Immigration is a pillar of our national identity, but the rule-of-law is the foundation upon which that and all other pillars stand. More secure ports of entry. Ray Walser and Jessica Zuckerman, “The Human Tragedy of Illegal Immigration: Greater Efforts Needed to Combat Smuggling and Violence,” Heritage Foundation, June 22, 2011, www.heritage.org/immigration/report/the-human-tragedy-illegal-immigration-greater-efforts-needed-combat-smuggling, Issue Brief: “Criminal Aliens,” Federation for American Immigration Reform, Last Updated August 2015, www.fairus.org/issue/criminal-aliens, Steven A. Camarota, “The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration,” Center for Immigration Studies, February 15, 2017, cis.org/The-Cost-of-a-Border-Wall-vs-the-Cost-of-Illegal-Immigration, Bryan Griffith and Jessica Vaughan, “Map: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States,” Center for Immigration Studies, July 27, 2017, cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “CBP Enforcement Statistics FY2018,” August 31, 2018, https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics, Todd Bensman, “Middle Eastern Migrants Part of Caravan?” October 22, 2018, https://cis.org/Bensman/Middle-Eastern-Migrants-Part-Caravan, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “DHS Myth vs. Secretary Napolitano and her Mexican counterparts have signed numerous bilateral agreements and declarations to deepen cooperation and collaboration in the areas of enforcement, planning, information and intelligence sharing, joint operations, and trade facilitation along the Southwest border. No matter how vigorously restaurants and gyms maintain COVID-19 safety protocols, they can’t control people arriving in Canada from outside our borders. Read the Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations, Progress Report 2011, Legal Immigration and Adjustment of Status Report, Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations, Declaration on 21st Century Border Management, "Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The wall would stretch across a vast expanse of desert between ports of … It is essential to verify visitors' identities … We believe there is nothing wrong with making sure the people entering our country who don't want to harm us. Illegal aliens compromised the security of our Nation by illegally entering the United States or overstaying their authorized period of admission. Each year, thousands are held for ransom, enslaved or … Wire, chain link, fencing, and wire mesh have been erected across nearly 700 miles of the border. Together, these efforts have provided a strong foundation to protect communities from terrorism and other threats, while safeguarding the fundamental rights of all Americans. Among the 105,736 criminal aliens with criminal convictions, 57,503 had been convicted of dangerous drug offenses. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deployed a quarter of all its personnel to the Southwest border region – the most ever- doubling the number of personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces which work to dismantle criminal organizations along the border; increasing the number of intelligence analysts focused on cartel violence; and quintupling deployments of Border Liaison Officers to work with their Mexican counterparts. 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Secure Our Borders “Immigrating to the United States must be done lawfully.” ~ Jeff Jordan. This campaign is about the following issues: Enforcement of our Nation’s immigration laws is critically important to the national security and public safety of the United States. That's in addition to the interdiction work of our 20,000 Border Patrol agents. Sorry, I meant a fence. "My administration has done more than any administration in history to secure our southern border," Mr Trump said in June during a visit to the wall. — President Obama, November 20, 2014. Members of the gang travel to the U.S. southern border from countries such as Honduras and El Salvador. Over the past several years, DHS has deployed unprecedented levels of personnel, technology, and resources to the Southwest border. (Video: Joce Sterman and Alex Brauer, Sinclair Broadcast Group) SAN ANGELO, Tx. Attempts to cross the border illegally are down nearly 80 percent from their peak, seizures of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband are up, and some of the safest communities in America are found in our border states. ", Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative WHTI. Over the past several years, DHS has deployed unprecedented levels of personnel, technology, and resources to the Southwest border. At the same time, DHS has made critical security improvements along the Northern border, investing in additional Border Patrol agents, technology, and infrastructure while also strengthening efforts to increase the security of the nation's maritime borders. Finally securing our Southern and Northern borders will require a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the closing of legal loopholes. "Secure Our Borders" is an ACT for America activism campaign focused on raising awareness to the issues surrounding our country's national security. Sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date with the latest America First news and information. The best way to secure America’s southern border is a wall. Natural barriers make up a large portion of the border.