How Will The Myth Of The ‘Secure’ Border Affect Immigration Reform?

Saraines Calderon - “The incessant focus on security is largely, if not purely, a political ploy,” said Miguel Levario, a history professor focusing on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands at Texas Tech University. “What is hugely disturbing is how 9/11 somehow meant militarizing our southern border — when we all know the southern border had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.”

As immigration reform talks begin to dominate the conversation in Congress, the inevitable conversation about border security has as well. But what always seems to get lost in this conversation is the definition of “security.” Right now, the border is actually more secure than it’s been before, according to most experts.

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“The incessant focus on security is largely, if not purely, a political ploy,” said Miguel Levario, a history professor focusing on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands at Texas Tech University. “What is hugely disturbing is how 9/11 somehow meant militarizing our southern border — when we all know the southern border had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.”

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