THE UNITED STATES’ BORDER WALL: A MARITIME PERSPECTIVE
Fontana, Christopher B.
Dahl, Erik J.
Simeral, Robert L.
MetadataShow full item record
The President of the United States has requested increased security at the southern border, mainly by investing in and building a border wall. Some argue that this will cost too much money, and some argue that it simply will not be effective. Conversely, others would argue that it is a necessary tool within the United States’ border security policy. This thesis examines a potential border wall’s effectiveness by analyzing illegal immigration apprehensions and drug seizures. Furthermore, this thesis uses the southern border’s existing border fencing as an example of how border infrastructure affects the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. In addition to the land border, this thesis hypothesized that, based on historic border security data, an increase in land border security will result in an increase in illegal immigration and drug smuggling through maritime routes. So, illegal immigration and drug smuggling data from before and after large amounts of border fence mileage were constructed was compared from land and maritime perspectives. This research found that a border wall can be effective at redirecting the flow of people and drugs, but ineffective at the greater goal of stopping it. Also, this thesis discovered changes in maritime border security data that suggest that as security is increased on the land border with border barriers, the maritime domain will experience significantly more drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
RightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Whitfield, Nathan S. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-12);Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, border security and immigration have received increased attention. Public and political scrutiny have elevated and changed the priority of border security and immigration ...
Browning, Joseph W. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2008-12);The events of 11 September 2001 were a watershed moment in American history; one that has catapulted national security back to the center stage. In response to the growing fears of terrorism and the heightened concern for ...
Carattini, David (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-06);In the United States, the issue of immigration, particularly illegal immigration, has had significant implications for national security, the political landscape, culture, and the U.S. economy. Current U.S. regulations and ...