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Border security needed to fight drug war

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Sarah Sodemann
June 11, 2010

The war at our doorstep has not received the attention it demands as a serious national threat. After researching this topic and conducting interviews during my Washington field study, I agree with various experts that neither the drug cartels nor the Mexican government is winning this war. I do believe, rather, that everyone is losing. For instance, Mexican families residing within border cities are losing as Mexican federal police violate their human rights. Youths in Mexico are losing as poverty and violence drown out their futures.


Our government must work alongside the Mexican government toward a better sense of control on the violence and illegal activity along the border. I believe the basis of the problem lies within Mexico’s financial state. While the U.S. should do what it can to provide assistance with Mexico’s internal struggles, protecting its citizens must be the first priority!


The virtual fence must be completed. Glitches are to be expected in any large technological project, and they should not cause our government to cease efforts in protecting our country. As a nation known for our warm welcomes, we do not want to intimidate prospective immigrants; however, we must maintain a strong defense against smuggling of illegal immigrants and drugs.


Essentially, a financially sound and reasonable way to strengthen border security must be determined. As stated by Nicholas Minogue of the Homeland Security Institute, “If you build a 10-foot fence, they will build an 11-foot ladder.”


As Mexico tries to get back on its feet, our government must concentrate American time and money on ensuring national security by tightening our borders before war spills over and we fall under the same violence and corruption that led to Mexico’s warfare.


Sarah Sodemann wrote this as part of Washington Seminar at Janesville Parker High School.

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