Workforce - The first thing I would look to, with regard to increased border control, is the workforce and how it can be improved. This makes logical sense because they are the ones who are there patrolling the areas where the Mexican drugs are getting through at high rates. One pillar of the US Merida Initiative of 2007 was to fortify the southern border (Lee) and Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security Secretary, said that she wanted to “better secure the border”, which both require the dedicated work of the Border Patrol (“US Tightens Border”). The Border Patrol manpower can be looked at from many ways, such as the extent of the workforce and decrease in corruption. As of 2013, the politicians were seeking improvements by adding
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Also, Seth Holmes mentions that increased Border Control presence, due to drug trafficking, decreases the amount of immigrants trying to cross the border illegally at those points, which can help the US with problems in that area of interest. Moreover, by increasing the workforce and decreasing the stress on certain individuals we can also decrease the idea that corruption would benefit the worker more. Corruption is a huge problem, as highlighted by Payan, when he mentions “a single corrupt American official is enough to let through tons of illegal drugs producing hundreds of millions of dollars in profit for a cartel, by a simple act as waving…a truck through a checkpoint” (876). If the US provides more able bodies on the border I believe that we can reduce the laziness and commonality of these corrupt individuals and maybe even eradicate their presence, which, in turn, will make it difficult for the cartels to pass drugs, money, or guns through the border checkpoints.
Technology – Technology is just as important as its human counterparts for border security. Without it now, I don’t think Border Patrol would be able to catch half of the illegal drug smuggling they do. This is why I believe it is so important to focus government money for border security on the research and use of technology at the entry points to and from Mexico. In this time of innovation we should be using the resulting