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December 5, 2005

New Heritage Foundation report on border security

Filed under: Border Security — by Christian Beckner on December 5, 2005

A new report by Jim Carafano at the Heritage Foundation is the most sensible analysis of what the government should be doing to improve border security of late, amid the current bill-writing frenzy in Congress on questions of immigration and border security. The report, “Safeguarding America’s Sovereignty: A System of Systems’ Approach to Border Security” is available for download here.

The top-level “talking points” found within it are as follows:

• The current “layered systems” approach to border security is inadequate, and efforts to strengthen this approach will not secure the border.
• However, a “system-of-systems” approach would address the two main challenges of border security: screening the entry and exit points and securing the border between points of entry.
• A system-of-systems approach means much more than buying high-tech equipment. To create system-of-systems security, Congress and the Administration need to make key investments in infrastructure, organization, technology, and resources and then support these efforts with appropriate legislation and policy reform.
• Any border security initiative that does not address all of these issues will simply fall short. The Secure Border Initiative is a first step in the right direction, but it is not enough.

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