Border Control & Immigration

Border Control Poems

New Country

My new home is in a new country.

I know very little of the language and culture.

Memories of my old country will be in my heart forever.

The love of my old country will always remain.

I leave for a better life and new opportunities,

Hoping to make a bright future for me and my family.

Written by: Arty Rico Jones

America Is Not a Free Buffet

America is not a free buffet

For benefit of those from far away.

We have our borders, customs, laws, and rules

Securing our posterity from fools, criminals, diseased people

And those who mean us harm and carry bombs.

Malaria and leprosy are brought by the undocumented who aren’t caught.

The dumb, the desperate, or the diseased, those lacking skills and schooling from

“back home”, all feel entitled through our fence to roam.

They break in here, and that’s why we’re displeased.

But those who choose to come here legally

Have done it right, deserving to be free.

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Trigger Finger

As I rest in my watch tower scanning over the land,

My finger is twitching as my gun rests on my hand.

My nerves are anxious at what I see,

Immigrants quickly moving towards the Land of the Free.

States with Most Immigration

Narrative Letter

Brock Michael

Multi-Genre, Narrative letter

November, 10, 2014

Mrs. Grubbs

Dear Reader:

While thinking about what I was going to base my multi-genre research project on, many things crossed my mind. I thought about the subject of abortion, the legalization of marijuana, or human trafficking, but when I went to put facts together, I wasn’t familiar with any of those. As I put more thought into what my topic would be, I came across Border Control.

After researching a little bit about Border Control and reading about it, I knew that was my topic. Not only did I like what the internet had to offer about Border Control, but my father had a lot to say about it. My father has installed modular buildings into four different Border stations on the United States/Mexico Border. After he had told me a few stories and sites that he saw while doing the jobs, I wanted to know more about The Border and how The U.S. Border Control does what they do.

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Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3: A Day in the Life of a Drug Smuggler

A Day in the Life of a Drug Smuggler vs. A Border Patrol Agent

Research Paper

Brock Michael

Mrs. Diana Grubbs

English College Prep.

16 November 2014

Border Patrol and Illegal Immigration

From 2007 to present day and time the number of illegal immigrants in the United States has increased by just over 60%, and will continue to rise if The U.S. Homeland Security and Border Control continues to let immigrants slide their way into OUR nation. Although there are many people from many foreign countries that illegally find their way into The Untied States, 64% of those immigrants come the country of Mexico.

The United States Border Control was officially founded on May 28, 1924. The U.S. Border Control is an American federal law enforcement agency. The Border controls main focus and task is to detect and prevent illegal aliens, or immigrants, terrorists, and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S. They also strive their best to prevent illegal trafficking of people and contraband. Being that the U.S. Border Patrol is the third largest law enforcement agency in the nation there are just over 21,000 registered agents throughout our Nation.

Early forms of border patrol date all the way back to 1904 when groups of mounted watchmen in the United States Immigration Service patrolled the border with a focus to prevent illegal crossings into the U.S. They started guarding the border in El Paso, Texas and the westward to California. Guards were on patrol day and night, but because of the lack of technology like we have today, the watchmen only captured a total of 75 intruders over a period of ten years. In March 1915, Congress authorized a separate group of mounted guards, often referred to as "mounted inspectors". Most rode on horseback, but a few operated automobiles, motorcycles and boats. Although these inspectors had broader arrest authority, they still largely pursued Chinese aliens trying to avoid the National Origins Act and Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. These patrolmen were Immigration Inspectors, assigned to inspection stations, and could not watch the border at all times. Soldiers along the southwest border performed intermittent border patrolling, but this was secondary to "the more serious work of military training." Aliens encountered illegally in the U.S. by the Army were directed to the immigration inspection stations.

The U.S. Border Patrol was founded as an agency of the United States Department of Labor to prevent illegal entries along the Mexico–United States border and the United States-Canada border. In 1932, the Border Patrol was divided into two offices. Mexican border operations were directed from El Paso, Texas and Canadian border operations were directed from Detroit, Michigan. The Canadian border operations from Detroit employed more men than the El Paso operations along the Mexican border because of a focus on the prevention of liquor smuggling during prohibition.

Following the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Border Patrol staffing doubled to 1,500 in 1940, and the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) was moved from the Department of Labor to the U.S. Department of Justice. Additional stations were temporarily added along the Gulf Coast, Florida and the Eastern Seaboard during the 1960s after Fidel Castro triumphed in the Cuban Revolution, which was soon followed by the Cuban Missile Crisis. INS was decommissioned in March 2003 when its operations were divided between CBP, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the wake of the attacks of September 11, the Border Patrol was placed under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, and preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States was added to its mission. The Border Patrol's traditional mission continued: deterring, detecting and apprehending illegal aliens and individuals involved in the illegal drug trade who generally entered the United States at places other than through designated ports of entry. Homeland security then made plans to set up 33 permanent interior checkpoints near the southern border of the United States.

As of 2012, the U.S. Border Patrol employed 21,394 agents. While 18,516 of those officers patrol the 1,969 miles of Mexican International border the additional 2,206 officers are responsible for patrolling the 5,525 miles of Canadian International border, and the additional 224 agents were patrolling the coastal waters surrounding the Florida Peninsula and the island of Puerto Rico. Agents are assigned primarily to the Mexico–United States border, where they control drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

The Border Patrol's priorities have changed over the years. In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act placed renewed emphasis on controlling illegal immigration by going after the employers that hire illegal aliens. The belief was that jobs were the magnet that attracted most illegal aliens to come to the United States.

Illegal immigration continued to swell after the 1986 amnesty despite employer sanctions. By 1993, Californians passed Proposition 187, denying benefits to illegal aliens and criminalizing illegal aliens in possession of forged green cards, identification cards, and Social Security numbers. It also authorized police officers to question non-nationals as to their immigration status and required police and sheriff departments to cooperate and report illegal aliens to the INS. Even though there are many illegal aliens reported on a daily basis it does not completely stop aliens from entering our country to start a new, illegal life. Everyday you have officers patrolling the border on ATV’s, dessert buggies, horses, helicopters, and also drones. There is a special team called the WWPT (Water Way Patrol Team) who run airboats and twin to triple engine center console boats on the Rio Grande and in The Gulf.

As we look at all of the armed forces and thank them for the fight for our freedom. Many times we easily overlook the Border Control forces, but on an average there are 7 lives lost a year defending our Nations borders and it is not fair to take that fact for granted. These officers face death threats daily by Mexican cartel attempting to move through the border.