Spotlight on the U.S. - Mexico Border

 

 

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation? President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools. The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp; For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation?

President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools.

The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp;

 

For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

 

 

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