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Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer
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Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer

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by Sylvia Longmire
 

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ISBN-10: 1137278900

ISBN-13: 9781137278906

Pub. Date: 04/22/2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes, and sometimes their lives due to the human and drug smuggling traffic that

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When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes, and sometimes their lives due to the human and drug smuggling traffic that regularly crosses their property. Who is right? What does a secure border actually look like? More importantly, is a secure border a realistic goal for the United States? Border Insecurity examines all the aspects of the challenge—and thriving industry—of trying to keep terrorists, drug smugglers, and illegal immigrants from entering the United States across our land borders. It looks at on-the-ground issues and controversies like the border fence, the usefulness of technology, shifts in the connection between illegal immigration and drug smuggling, and the potential for terrorists and drug cartels to work together. Border Insecurity also delves into how the border debate itself is part of why the government has failed to improve information sharing and why this is necessary to establish a clear and comprehensive border security strategy.

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ISBN-13:
9781137278906
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,095,741
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Enemies at the Gate 11

2 The Guardians 29

3 The Border Fence 49

4 Technology on the Border 69

5 Border Violence Spillover 85

6 The Evolution of Cross-Border Migration 99

7 Terrorism and the Southwest Border 117

8 The Invisible Fight Against Money Laundering 135

9 Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands 151

10 The Big Business of Border Security 171

11 The Forgotten Northern Border 189

12 Conclusions: The Future of Border Security 203

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

Index 241

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Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
groucho42 More than 1 year ago
It's a very good description of the situation. Let me repeat: It's descriptive, not prescriptive. What's good is that the author provides anecdotes and statistics that paint a realistic picture that's in between the extremes shouted in today's politics.