U.S. Border Security: A Reference Handbook

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The challenges facing U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are daunting. There are 19,841 miles of American land and water boundaries to protect, and 95,000 miles of shoreline and defined air space subject to homeland security surveillance. Additionally, the booming drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, combined with the ever-increasing number of migrants wanting to reach our land of opportunity, has resulted in a grim death toll: more than 5,000 known migrant deaths have occurred along the U.S.-Mexico border during 1995–2008, and in 2009, an estimated 9,635 Mexicans were killed in drug-related violence, with 2,573 people killed in Ciudad Juarez alone.

U.S. Border Security focuses on the contrast between border security before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This text also examines the controversial topics of illegal immigration, counterterrorism, drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, the impact of border security on the movement of people and goods, and the effect of the war on terrorism on civil and human rights.

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"… this handbook on border security was a timely release in the 2010 election year, and will continue to be valuable. … This useful compendium fills a gap on the reference shelf. The glossary and index are both helpful, but each would benefit from cross-references. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."

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Gr 9 Up—This comprehensive text brings a 21st-century perspective to the issues involved in border security and the proposed solutions. The borders considered include the 95,000 miles of shoreline and defined air space, and the 327 official ports of entry. Specific issues in securing the physical land and water borders with Canada and Mexico are discussed separately. Chapters include "Background and History," "Problems, Controversies and Solutions," "Border Security in an International Context," "Biographical Sketches," and "Data and Documents." The chapter of annotated print and online resources is especially thorough. In-text citations with complete reference lists at the end of each chapter make this resource most helpful for those conducting research or debating topics related to border security, human trafficking, drugs and weapons smuggling, or terrorism.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598844078
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 1,269,646
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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