Analysis Of The Book ' Border Pa Trol Nation ' By Todd Miller

826 Words Sep 14th, 2014 4 Pages
On Thursday, September 11 I attended a lecture by Todd Miller, author of the book “Border Pa-trol Nation.” Here are some of my thoughts on this lecture and how it relates to our class on international security.
Mr. Miller gave a much generalized overview on the immigration problem and the southern border. Mr. Miller took exception with the description and popular view that the US southern border is porous that we are in a crises. Furthermore, the claim was put out that too much for border security was being allocated in terms of both money and personnel. Another point that was brought up was that many of these people are coming here are children, and that there have a multitude of deaths as people cross the border into the desert no to mention human trafficking
.What Mr. Miller glossed over was that we have no idea who these people are that are coming across the border. Are they felons, drug runners, exploited children (It is important that a child is defined as being for the purposes of this paper/lecture, a person under 14 whereas a minor is anyone under 18years of age, the lecturer gave no distinction), gang members or terrorist. This could be seen as analogous to the Cuban refugees crises when Castro emptied out the prisons and asylums and let anyone come to the United states- boat people; again we had no idea who these people were. This is also an international security problem in that the countries where these people are coming from probably do not know who they…

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