Increasing Security At The Mexican American Border

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Nowhere else in the world does an invisible line draw such a disparity in wealth and lifestyle. Our border with Mexico divides one of the West's richest countries with a struggling third world economy. The nature of the border presents many unique issues; Mexican refuges looking for a better life here in America, Mexican drug lords exporting drugs to drug savvy America, American jobs going overseas for cheaper labor, as well as the integrating of our two cultures. Mexican immigration is a liability in our country, for reasons that I will state. Yet despite its threat to the American way of life and economy, many powerful elites believe in amnesty because: it drives down labor costs (but they forget to mention workers wages as well), it is "racist" (or at least many political figures will have you believe), and it is a huge untapped constituency. I believe that it would be in the United States best interest to increase our military presence and use of high tech surveillance on the border and continue to work bilaterally with Mexico, as well as create harsher domestic laws to help limit the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants into our nation.

The first major concern regarding the borders for the United States is illegal immigration. In January of 2000, the INS estimated that there were 7 million illegal immigrants in the United States with the number growing by about 500,000 a year. Under the Bush Administration, funding has increased along main entry points, displacing illegal immigrants points of entry into the country. Yet the increase has displaced immigration to rural immigration points, causing many every year to die from starvation and heat stroke. Despite the harsh conditions, immigration has grown rather than slowed. Mexican immigrants come for a small variety of reasons, but mainly they come because jobs in the United States pay many times what they pay in Mexico. Some work under the law and are eventually given a green card, others work under the table. Legal immigrants or immigrants who are granted citizenship often times set up networks for their family members and friends from Mexico, helping them enter American and find jobs.

There are many problems with illegal immigration. First of all, if any job seeking Mexican can sneak into our country and eventually be granted amnesty (as has been the case for the last 10 years), so can a terrorist. A huge security threat is created by our lax border enforcement and immigration laws. Secondly, despite our gracious immigration policies, there is still a line of people waiting to get into this country legally. When our lawmakers continually grant amnesty and spend American tax dollars on illegal immigrants, people waiting legally in line are harmed. Yet illegal immigration has caused, and our passiveness has let, border jumpers to cut in line. Lastly, while filling labor jobs and actively participating in our economy, illegal immigrants cost the United States...

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