U.S. Border Security

Here is my plan for border security, an extraordinarily important yet controversial issue.

1. Give national border control back to border states.

I believe it should be left to border states to manage and regulate their actual border property with another country. If Texas or Washington wants to open their borders they should do so. If they want a wall they should build one and fund it themselves. Now of course, if Texas opened its border to Mexico and terrorists from Libya traveled into Oklahoma through Texas it would cause problems for us. We’d deal with those problems through our own state laws as well as minimal federal involvement, which I’ll discuss further in a moment. Perhaps, Oklahoma might want to enter into a coop with Texas and New Mexico to help manage and fund security on the border with Mexico, but let states decide on their own.

Since I lived in Washington for a time I know firsthand that undocumented immigrants cross their border with Canada consistently and are often drug smugglers. In fact, a friend would tell me stories of how they would cross onto his family’s private property at night. I also know that sex-traffickers are a big problem in Washington’s ports. Both of those issues are enormous, but the federal government does not have Constitutional authority to come into Washington with the military, build a wall on its northern border, and take over each port and shipyard all in the name of national security. We shouldn’t expect them to do it on our southern border either. Border states should be capable of handling their own border ownership and residents of those states (northern, southern, east, or west) should hold their state government officials accountable.

2. The Federal Department of Defense and the FBI should be on call if any state declares an emergency and/or state law enforcement requests additional resources for security or investigation.

What we need to remember is that the 9/11 hijackers mostly came into the country “legally,” with fake identities. I do not trust the federal government to be in control of our borders. They have no authority to own land. Eminent domain is unethical and unconstitutional. They have too much bureaucracy to manage. They have no incentive to be fiscally responsible.

Let the Department of Defense and the FBI assist states when called upon whether by providing investigators, finances, or technology, but let the border states themselves be in control and in charge of their own borders just as Oklahoma is in charge of its own border with Texas.

3. Streamline a dignified and just investigation and surveillance process by the federal government.

Though I would not have the federal government in charge of border security, I do believe they have the responsibility to protect life, liberty and property. So though I cringe at the thought of it because I don’t trust them, I support a dignified system for the federal government to locate, prosecute, and deport undocumented individuals who are convicted of posing an imminent threat or of a violent, federal offense.

Undocumented people who commit violent crimes or are suspected of potential terrorism should be investigated by obtaining an individualized warrant, prosecuted in front of a judge and jury, and if found guilty they should be deported by the FBI or Department of Defense immediately, not incarcerated in the USA on the taxpayers’ dime.

In addition to these three reforms I would act to abolish ICE, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the TSA, and reorganize the FBI and Department of Defense.

These steps would create better security for us all, cut our national financial deficit, and return Constitutional protections of individual liberty and property ownership. It would also return the United States back to its original design where the federal government was restricted and accountable to both the citizens and the 50 individual states.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin