While this time, then President Bush and

While everyone agree that the border security needs to tighten to prevent terror acts, there are disagreements as to some methods that are being used to try and secure the borders to make America safe for its citizens. In his video presentation entitled, Introduction to the Study of Public Policy and Policy Analysis, Shawn Akers, Dean of Helm School of Government, at Liberty University, defines public policy as anything a government chose to do or not do. Public policy ideas, he went on to say, come from “someone who influences a governmental factor to do or not to do” (Liberty University, 2013)
After 9/11, the United States of America knew that it had to not only increase its security around its borders, but it also had to toughen up its security measures to deter any threats from would-be terrorists, illegal drugs, and immigrants. During this time, then President Bush and the leader of Mexico, were on good terms and had been toying with the idea of open borders. However, all this was forgotten due to 9/11 and resulted in the Mexican President claiming that the policies that the US were starting to create, only served to create hostility with its neighbor and that it was hurting the economies of both countries. The Mexican president went on the say that any efforts made to stop drug flow were going to be futile and that the United States, had not then and will never be able to stop the flow of drugs by making war on drugs. In his opinion, all efforts only served to worsen the situation with the trafficking of illegal drugs into the United Stated from Mexico. (Robey, 2006)
However, while it is perfectly natural and legal for the United States of America to declare war on its attackers, what is not legal is to declare war on everyone else. Yet, this did not stop the United States government from creating the Department of Homeland Security and creating various divisions each tasked with differing jobs that all intended to prevent any more terrorist action on US soil.
Policy Alternatives
S. 4 Improving America’s Security Act of 2007
On February 22, 2007, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs publicized the passing of the bill, S. 4 Improving America’s Security Act of 2007. This bill allowed for the appropriation of funds during the years 2008-2012, with the intention of creating programs that would improve information sharing, combat human smuggling, and protect civil liberties. Additionally, the bill would provide for a division called the International Cooperative Programs Office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was responsible for working with other nations around the world to combat terrorism. The S. 4 also made provision for ways in which the United States of America would protect itself from acts of terrorism or any other threats to its national security.
H.R. 3548 Border Security for America Act of 2017
Another bill, on January 10, 2018, was broadcasted by the House Committee on Homeland Security, H.R. 3548 Border Security for America Act of 2017, which authorized the appropriation of about $12 billion over the 2019-2023 period. These monies were to be distributed to the Department of Homeland Security, so that it could enhance security measures at borders of the United States of America. This enhancement also included building new border infrastructure and hiring additional personnel. H.R 3548 was another effort to increase border control and additional security measures around the United States borders.

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