Immigration and Border Security Essay

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Over the years it seems as though our country has become more populated and unsafe from the illegal immigrants and smuggled goods, such as drugs and weapons, which make it into the United States. Although there are many illegal immigrants and contraband that are able to make it into the U.S undetected, there are a significant amount of people and contraband that are caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The CBP is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was formed in 2003. “It is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S” (CBP). One of the departments of the CBP is border security, which is a team of individuals …show more content…
An issue that I am going to address is the need to have a strong, secure border and system that will help lower the amount of illegal immigrants and contraband into the United States. I will also go over different immigration reforms and the views people have on them. In January, 2013, President Obama said that during the first term he, “Strengthened security at the borders….we put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down by 80 percent from their peak in 2000” (The Conservative Caucus). Illegal crossings may be down; however, the U.S faces an illegal immigration crisis with 11 million immigrants in the U.S wanting to become citizens. The Senate passed a bill in June 2013 that they see fit to help end illegal immigration and to secure our nation’s borders; it is called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act or the S. 744 bill. This bill was written by a bipartisan group of four Republican and four Democrat senators known as the “Gang of Eight.” This bill is said to “strengthen border security, requiring that within five years the DHS set up a system to monitor the entire southern U.S border and catch 90 percent of people crossing illegally” (CQ Researcher). According to the Conservative Caucus, they do not believe the bill will have that much effect when it comes to border security. The U.S has spent a vast

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