National Security and Refugee Resettlement from "High Risk" Countries By allowing a mass migration of refugees, particularly those from places where religious or political violence is endemic, we open ourselves up to possible threats. Oftentimes we cannot perform proper screening or background checks on these refugees so we aren't able to distinguish legitimate refugees from terrorists.
What Type of “Wall” Can be Built with Trump’s Border Security Budget? President Trump promised Americans a “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border. However, his FY 2018 budget request would provide funding for nothing more than a slightly larger-than-normal cattle fence – assuming that all 705 miles of existing fencing remain in place.
The Current State of the Border Fence Recognizing the effectiveness of physical barriers as a means of border control, Congress first mandated the construction of a border fence in 1996 as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). IIRIRA called for the construction of a 14-mile, triple-layered fence along the boundary between San Diego and Tijuana.
GAO: Obama Administration Has No Official Metrics to Measure Border Security On February 26, 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that the Department of Homeland Security has no official metrics in place to measure whether the border is secure and has no plans to adopt any such metrics until late this year.