Barricading the Border

Joseph Nevins and Timothy Dunn

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 ordered the building of 850 miles of at least two layers of “reinforced fencing” along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. The utility of these barriers, as obstructions to unauthorized immigration, is questionable. But as part of a much larger project aimed at presenting border enforcement as a key component of national security, they are highly significant.

Tags: US customs and border patrol, low intensity conflict, drug war, US-Mexico border

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