Photo: How to fix a broken border
This week, the Immigration Policy Center releases How to Fix a Broken Border: Disrupting Smuggling at Its Source. This perspectives paper is part two of a three-part series by former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. In this piece, Goddard shines a much-needed light on the nature of modern-day smuggling.
“If this country wants to stop smuggling and not just present an obstacle to immigration reform,” Goddard says, “we must take a broader and more analytical approach to what motivates the smugglers—and the means by which they illegally move drugs, money, guns, and people in such large volumes with such impunity. Going after the contraband product or smuggled people, as this country has been doing for years, is destined to be an endless chase. The cartels will just regroup and continue operations, learning from their mistakes. If we are serious about stopping the threat on the border, we have to dismantle the criminal organizations that carry the contraband and take away the tools that make them so effective. Anything less will fail.”
To view the paper in its entirety, see:
How to Fix a Broken Border: Disrupting Smuggling at Its Source (IPC Perspectives, February 2012)
Also view part one of the series:
How to Fix a Broken Border: Hit the Cartels Where It Hurts (IPC Perspectives, September 2011)