There is nothing basic about border security.
I respectfully disagree with the Secretary (S1) of Homeland Security. As somebody who wore that uniform for decades, I have a completely different outlook. There is nothing basic about border security.
First of all, the most basic responsibilities we have as a nation is to feed the hungry. To be clear, we can certainly do better in that regard and as I have said recently, we are failing to feed the children of disabled veterans! Can we fix that? And then let’s create an expedited avenue for military veterans to skip the months of the hiring process and waive the polygraph because if we can’t trust our soldiers, who can we trust?
No crisis on the border though… pic.twitter.com/W9HE7LIUpE
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 7, 2019
Border security may actually be the most complex responsibility we have when it comes to protecting the nation. It’s riddled with complicated Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) laws, responsibilities to protect our Agriculture, ensure products entering the US are safe for children (and adults), facilitating lawful travel and trade, enforcing embargoes, protecting endangered species and enforcing CITES, the list goes on. Sound basic?
If it were only as simple as the S1 thinks, it would be accomplished without so many obstacles but as long as Border Security overlaps with so many other enforcement and facilitation touch points, especially sensitive and important ones like immigration, it will be an uphill battle.
We are all lucky for those who protect our borders. We must find a compassionate balance to how we protect our borders and what innovative tools we use in doing so. Not to mention how difficult it has been for agencies to bring new personnel on board and the severe staffing deficit on the border.
The wall will help but it won’t ever be a fix-all. In 10 years, the majority of the personnel assigned to border security agencies in the US will be eligible for retirement and then this “basic” border security we are struggling with now will be even more complex.