Border Insecurity

Border Insecurity

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

Book - 2014
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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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Palgrave Macmillan,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781137278906
Branch Call Number: 363.285 Longmire 04/2014
Characteristics: 250 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Jul 11, 2014

In Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer, Sylvia Longmire has done her homework in showing what many of us who are somewhat familiar with US/Mexico border politics have long suspected. The news media loves pairing down complex issues into simple headlines, but the problems and potential fixes of our border security are anything but simple.

Reading her interviews you'll notice a common theme throughout the book. Longmire focuses on the people who live and/or work near the border, and therefore offer up the most useful insight. To have a water cooler opinion of this issue, to profess seeing obvious solutions for securing our border, is to completely miss the nuances that are expected when a country like the United States shares a 2,000 mile land border with an economically poorer country like Mexico.


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