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house Bill H.R. 4482

Does DHS Need to More Deeply Analyze Threats to the Southwest Border?

Argument in favor

The Dept. of Homeland Security has a responsibility to secure the southwestern border, and by analyzing periodic threats the agency can develop and adjust the plan to secure the border against illegal activities.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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03/23/2016
Of course, with the threat of terrorist infiltrating our borders on not only our southern borders but our northern border but ports of entry we must stay on top of this and have all available information.
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operaman's Opinion
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03/23/2016
Analyze threats coming across our Southern Border? Not on Obama's watch. Terror? What terror! Has anyone seen my golf ball? Hey Secret Service, help me find my balls.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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03/24/2016
We need to analyze threats to every part of every border, then act upon those facts.
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Argument opposed

There’s nothing required by this legislation that the Dept. of Homeland Security isn’t capable of doing of its own volition. Congress should be focusing on other more pressing homeland security threats.

Lesia's Opinion
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03/23/2016
Why aren't they already doing this? Isn't that their purpose? Why is congress getting involved? Everyone stay in their lane and do the job we the people are paying you to do
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Steven's Opinion
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03/25/2016
DHS looks at this problem set daily. Let's stop playing to the fears of the political base. Legislation by pandering is past old.
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Alis's Opinion
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03/23/2016
Are we going to indulge in fear mongering forever? What do we NOT know in painful detail about the Southwest border? We have been manhandling both US citizens who have property along border (seizing their property so a useless wall could be built) and immigrants for decades. JUST STOP IT! We know enough already. We certainly do not need to waste more money--like the Benghazi committee did--finding out things we already know! Or to justify more abuse of citizens & immigrants!
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What is House Bill H.R. 4482?

This bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to analyze and submit an assessment of threats to the nation's southwest border, including:

  • Terrorism and criminal threats posed by individuals and organized groups seeking to illegally enter the U.S. through the southwest border or otherwise exploit vulnerabilities in that part of the border;

  • Improvements needed to keep terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. at ports of entry or along the border;

  • Gaps in law, policy, cooperation between law enforcement agencies, and international or tribal agreements that hinder border security, counterterrorism, anti-human smuggling and trafficking efforts or the flow of legitimate trade along the border;

  • The current percentage of situational awareness and of operational control of U.S. international and maritime borders achieved by DHS.

The Chief of the Border Patrol would have to create a strategic plan by March 1, 2017 (and every five years thereafter) that outlines the DHS southwest border threat analysis and an assessment of other major border security threats. It would evaluate efforts to analyze and disseminate border security information, increase situational awareness for preventing illegal entries, and focus intelligence collection against international criminal and terrorist groups.

The Border Patrol Strategic Plan would also address operational needs such as personnel requirements, technology needed to enhance security, an assessment of training programs, and a prioritized list of research and development objectives.

Impact

People living in the U.S., border communities, the Dept. of Homeland Security; and the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4482

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note: The southwestern border has long been a major point of entry for illegal drugs, human trafficking, and unauthorized immigration. Concerns about terrorist infiltration rose after several Syrians were apprehended with stolen passports attempting to illegally cross the border, though DHS officials have said the greater threat is at major points of entry, like airports.

Presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump has made southwestern border security a major talking point in the 2016 election after announcing: 
"I would build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I'll build 'em very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our Southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall."   

Critics of Trump's plan and other efforts to further fortify the border, point to evidence that illegal immigration especially via the southwestern border have slowed some of the lowest levels in 20 years. They contend the border is secure enough:

"Since the Bush administration, the DHS has dramatically increased its efforts to lock down the southwest border. The budget for Customs and Border Protection has grown to $10.7 billion in the past decade, a 75 percent increase. The number of Border Patrol agents at the border has nearly doubled over the past decade, to more than 18,000 today."

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced this bill to ensure that the Dept. of Homeland develops a strategy to secure the southwestern border and periodically updates it to reflect changing circumstances:

“The threats along our border have shifted significantly in the last few years, let alone over the last two decades. Our Border Patrol can’t do their job if they’re operating off of outdated information. This isn’t just bad strategy, it’s a situation that puts Southern Arizonans at risk, and I’ll continue to work to improve our border strategy.”

This legislation currently enjoys the support of 11 cosponsors in the House, including 10 Republicans and one Democrat.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Ken Lund)

AKA

Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act of 2016

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a southwest border threat analysis, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed April 13th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2016

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    Of course, with the threat of terrorist infiltrating our borders on not only our southern borders but our northern border but ports of entry we must stay on top of this and have all available information.
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    Why aren't they already doing this? Isn't that their purpose? Why is congress getting involved? Everyone stay in their lane and do the job we the people are paying you to do
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    Analyze threats coming across our Southern Border? Not on Obama's watch. Terror? What terror! Has anyone seen my golf ball? Hey Secret Service, help me find my balls.
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    DHS looks at this problem set daily. Let's stop playing to the fears of the political base. Legislation by pandering is past old.
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    We need to analyze threats to every part of every border, then act upon those facts.
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    H.R. 4482: Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act of 2016 Passed House on Apr 13, 2016. 13% incorporated. (compare text) Died in a previous Congress This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 13, 2016 but was never passed by the Senate. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr4482 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1808/text#compare=343493: Introduced: Jul 21, 2015 114th Congress, 2015–2017 Status: Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 14, 2016 This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 14, 2016. Law: Pub.L. 114-267 Sponsor: Heidi Heitkamp Junior Senator from North Dakota Democrat Text of bill: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1808enr/pdf/BILLS-114s1808enr.pdf Summary: The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Dec 15, 2016. (This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on November 16, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Northern Border Security Review Act (Sec. 3) This bill directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to specified congressional committees a northern border threat analysis, which shall include analyses of: terrorism and criminal threats posed by individuals and organized groups seeking to enter the United States through the northern border or to exploit border vulnerabilities on such border; improvements needed at and between ports of entry along the northern border to prevent terrorists and instruments of terrorism from entering the United States and to reduce criminal activity, as measured by the total flow of illegal goods, illicit drugs, and smuggled and trafficked persons moved in either direction across such border; gaps in law, policy, cooperation between state, tribal, and local law enforcement, international agreements, or tribal agreements that hinder border security, counterterrorism, anti-human smuggling and trafficking efforts, and the flow of legitimate trade along the northern border; and whether additional U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance and preinspection operations at ports of entry along the northern border could help prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the United States. The Secretary, for such analysis, must consider and examine: technology needs and challenges; personnel needs and challenges; the role of state, tribal, and local law enforcement in general border security activities; the need for cooperation among federal, state, tribal, local, and Canadian law enforcement entities relating to border security; the terrain, population density, and climate along the northern border; and the needs and challenges of Department of Homeland Security facilities, including the physical approaches to such facilities.
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    Are we going to indulge in fear mongering forever? What do we NOT know in painful detail about the Southwest border? We have been manhandling both US citizens who have property along border (seizing their property so a useless wall could be built) and immigrants for decades. JUST STOP IT! We know enough already. We certainly do not need to waste more money--like the Benghazi committee did--finding out things we already know! Or to justify more abuse of citizens & immigrants!
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    Yes! That's their job!
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    I would support an increase in DHS involvement with border security only alongside comprehensive immigration reform and a firm halt to the deportation programs in my home state of Arizona.
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    To all this may concern. If Homeland Security created a Preemptive Anti-terrorist Border and Coast Guard Task Force that was derived from immigrants that were willing to accept dual citizenship by being recruited in the military with their family becoming civil servants while being trained on unused military bases . The funding could come from the War on Drugs and other like campaigns. Eventually the war on drugs and terrorism will be synonymous as they are so well linked any how. Those people fleeing from Mexico need their country back. What better way of handling multiple problems than with articulated solution that involves bolstering our Mexican allies and sending them into Mexico that they know so well . I would like to see this become the ALLIE - PATRIOT IMMIGRATION ACT..
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    Honestly the fact of matter is the United States of America currently contains an evident threat that laws are develop to defuse but is not enforced. The problems has appeared not to be not acknowledge by our current bureaucratic community in Washington that is negatively influencing our legislation in a mindset that dose not take the federal initiative by countering and diffusing urgent periodic threats that face us pertaining to our national security. The department of homeland security and a plethora more of federal agencies need to strategically unite to immerse the exploitation of our open southern borders as a threat for flourishing radical jihadist and some of the most largest drug trafficking cartels and diffuse the problem with component actions. Additionally, if it's the federal governments authority and Main due diligence to attend to ensuring our national security and protecting the American people than this manner must be addressed and be prioritized to end. These are one of the matters in which past generations never had a thought on. That the United States will eventually be exploited by immature borders and responsible legislation. You've heard the prospective by historians, television and by reading that the United States political figures had that light bulb appear above their head and think that some of the technology utilized and regulated throughout urbanization during the time period of the industrial revolution in the future would be the primary source of marketing, trading, entrepreneurship, investing, management and the values of life that define us today. ALTHOUGH THE LIGHT BULB DID NOT UNFORTUNATELY APPEAR ABOVE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS HEADS THAT WHEN THE UNITED STATES DOSE INDEED PROSPER ECONOMICALLY, TECHNOLOGICALLY, OCCUPATIONALLY AND NATIONALLY THAT IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE DESPERATE WILL CONDUCT ANY ILLEGAL ACTION VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW TO HOP THE FENCE OR UNDER THE TUNEL TO CLAIM THEIR CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES. To reiterate, The question being proposed for further implementations that if the department of homeland security shall commit to greatly securing our southern borders should most certainly be passed for the sake of our nation being continuously manipulated and to ensure that our national security is at its beacon of light. The apprehension and the hesitation must quit and this issue must be immersed in the minds of the executive branch for the sake of further prosperity. Drug infested regulation, severe crime extending all the way to climbing degree homicides, criminal activity, human trafficking and various amounts of more dose not exemplify further prosperity of a nation due to the contingency of String bean like borders and irresponsible action. Thank you for your time.
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    Sure they can do it on their own without it being required. Have you ever heard the phrase good enough for government work? It didn't come from nowhere, government employees will do the bare minimum. They must be forced to do more.
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    You only have to look around the world to see what happens when borders are not secure. let common sense be prevalent on both sides of the isle. protect America by protecting our borders.
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    The border needs to be secured. Therefore, we should at the very least look into ways that we can improve border security. We should also look for a solution that streamlines and simplifies our current legal immigration system, so that individuals are not motivated to cross the border illegally.
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    This bill means nothing. Let's not dive deeper into this mess of a bureaucracy by empowering them to do more and creating more redundant and useless programs. The government needs to slim down... A lot.
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    Aren't they Already supposed to be doing that
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    Yes. The southern border is an easy entrance point for potential terrorists and criminals to flood in (if they haven't already).
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    The threats are there and the data is already available.
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    Because this affects every one one of us in every state across OUR country!
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    I say yes but not necessarily for DHS. It might come better from border patrol itself. They know what threats are coming through our porous southern border than most other depts. in the government.
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