Responses to Students’ Posting
The injustice that happened on 9/11, the lives that were lost, as well as the crisis that the terrorist attack led to, should be constant reminders to the people of United States on the importance of security. They should therefore not promote taking chances since the effects are evident.
I agree that there should be enough personnel to ensure our borders are safe and secure. More personnel indicate that there will be enhanced cooperation amongst them hence tightened security at our borders. It is good that you cared to point out our borders will never be truly secure. This is true since border security is not yet the most prioritized aspect in the US. Many are the times we hear cases of illegal aliens found in the country and one wonders how they managed to cross.
It is interesting that you realize execution of the amendments is key into ensuring that borders are safe. The amendments demanded for the increase of full time border patrol agents (IRTPA, 2004). However, as you have stated, other than the number, the agents have to be vigilant. I hope that since the number was increased, the agents will now concentrate more on their small-allocated areas hence enhance security. They should not choose to relax on their work and claim that they have less work since they are more in number. You have mentioned implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which occurred on June 1, 2009. The implementation required that travelers from the Western Hemisphere