Illegal Immigration in the United States: Implications for Rule of Law and National Security [open pdf - 3MB]
From the thesis abstract: "The federal government's failure to strictly enforce immigration laws presents national security vulnerabilities and is subversive to the rule of law. Without the rule of law, serious social tensions will occur that impel states and localities to fill the void left by the lack of immigration enforcement. In the worst case, citizens themselves will consider taking the law into their own hands when rule of law is not consistently and uniformly applied by a sovereign nation. National security is also negatively impacted by failure to enforce immigration law. This paper explores the impact of drug and human trafficking organizations, transnational gang infiltration, increased terrorist vulnerability, increased violence along the southwest border region and the growing threat of internal separatist movements. To remedy the issue, the federal government needs to overcome political paralysis and muster the will to secure the border and to enforce immigration law throughout the nation."
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