The United States should manage our borders through investment, innovation, and by helping neighbors build free and prosperous nations.
The conversation around border management in the United States has for too long focused on a narrow definition of border security, rather than viewing the border as a management challenge requiring comprehensive, flexible solutions.
The United States must work in Central America to address the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, recognizing that we do not need to sacrifice our humanity in the name of security. We must work with Mexico to ensure it takes its own border security seriously. Furthermore, working with our neighbors to improve security across the region is a vital component of any policy to promote prosperity and rule of law in the hemisphere. A safe and secure region will lead to a safer, more secure United States.
Physical barriers are useful and necessary between ports of entry along some portions of the southwest border. However, in many places physical infrastructure is impractical or inefficient. Innovation, like surveillance technology, is an excellent substitute in these areas. Additionally, the United States should upgrade our border infrastructure at ports of entry, increasing both efficiency and security when screening cargo and passengers alike.
We can prevent security threats and uphold the rule of law while continuing to uphold our tradition as a welcoming nation.
From migration to trade to security, policy solutions must recognize that today’s reality and tomorrow’s problems require a comprehensive solution to the border.
MATTHEW ROONEYDirector, Outreach and Strategic Partnerships George W. Bush InstituteRead More