Why Walls and Sensors Aren't the Answer to the U.S.-Mexico Border Dilemma
Jan 15, 2019 | 12:00 GMT
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- There are compelling national security arguments for securing the U.S.-Mexico border, but terrorism is not one of them.
- Walls, fences and sensors improve border security, but their effectiveness is limited if personnel are unable to respond rapidly to efforts to breach them.
- The better physical security measures become, the more that people become the weak link in the security chain.
- Because of this, border security requires a holistic approach that not only addresses physical security at the border but also the economic forces that tempt people to smuggle contraband and humans across borders.