Americas Barriers Essay

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Americas Barrier
Soon after the 9/11 attacks, homeland security was again thrust into the spotlight. Many ideas were tossed around during the next few years on what could be done to help secure the nation. As a result, one of the most controversial political issues of today is that of illegal immigrants from Mexico.  Illegal immigration into the United States is a problem that should be stopped, as it is unfair to both Americans and to the people of the country from which they illegally immigrated.  It is thought that the majority of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. are Mexicans. One of the most controversial items on hand is the 700 miles of barrier the government built along the ...view middle of the document...

The government is wasting far too much on a technology that will do little help stop the flow of illegal immigration into America. A news article in February of 2010 claimed that new surveillance equipment being tested in Arizona was heralded as the high-tech solution to apprehend illegal border crossers. A week later, the $20 million prototype was scrapped because it didn't adequately alert Border Control officers to illegal crossings. This is all at the expense of taxpayer dollars.
Simply put, the border barrier is having an adverse effect on the country. The Department of Homeland Security is bypassing dozens of environmental and land-management laws in order to build the border fence. Among the 30-some laws being waived are the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Peoples Civil rights are beings violated as in The Arizona Act SB 1070 which makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying the required documents, bars state or local officials or agencies from restricting enforcement federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal...

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