Blueprint for Southern Border Security   [open pdf - 686KB]

From the Introduction: "The United States Border Patrol has more agents in the field today than at any time in history. There are also more miles of fencing and a wider array of technological solutions to help detect illicit crossings and the movement of narcotics than ever before. Yet, nearly everyone agrees that the border is not as secure as it needs to be. The consequences of an insecure border are serious because of the destabilizing impact smuggling activity and subsequent violence have along the border. Transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), such as drug cartels, make billions of dollars by moving contraband across the border into the United States. Drugs, people, weapons, and money moving across the border pose significant risks to the security of the nation. TCO operations are predicated on evading U.S. border enforcement. As the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) border security efforts become successful in one area, our adversaries adapt by shifting to other, less-secure areas of the border. Aware of existing weaknesses in border security, TCOs are quick to take advantage of these gaps. DHS must improve its ability to predict shifts in smuggling routes and be mobile enough to respond quickly."

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