The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, by Edward Alden

By Edward Alden

On September 10, 2001, the USA used to be the main open kingdom on the earth. yet within the aftermath of the worst terrorist assaults on American soil, the U.S. govt started to shut its borders on the way to struggle terrorism. The Bush administration's target used to be to construct new traces of safeguard with out stifling the stream of individuals and ideas from in a foreign country that has helped construct the world's so much dynamic economic climate. regrettably, it did not determine that method. in line with broad interviews with the management officers who have been charged with securing the border after 11th of September, and with many blameless humans whose lives were upended by means of the recent safety laws, The remaining of the yank Border is a outstanding and compelling evaluate of the risks confronted through a state that cuts itself off from the remainder of the realm.

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Benatta had hoped to find sympathy in Canada, which had long been welcoming to political refugees. S. identification. S. border agents. It was there, under interrogation by FBI agents, that he said he first learned of what had happened on 9/11. Four days later, he was handcuffed and chained and flown to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. As the Justice inspector general’s report would document, many of the detainees imprisoned there were subjected to brutal treatment. Benatta was held in isolation for seven months in a tiny prison cell on the ninth floor, under two bright lights that burned twenty-four hours a day.

The access to such data, as opposed to random searches of incoming passengers, greatly increased the odds that a drug courier could be singled out and stopped without needlessly inconveniencing the vast majority of lawful travelers. S. Customs official who was the acting head of the agency on 9/11 while Bonner was awaiting Senate confirmation. While it was far from perfect, there was strong evidence that such targeting worked. In the two years prior to 9/11, under an initiative launched by Bonner’s highly lauded predecessor Ray Kelly, the number of personal searches conducted by Customs officials on incoming passengers had fallen dramatically, from over 43,000 in 1998 to just 9,000 in 2000.

3 billion in goods crossing the border each day. Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors had been among the first American companies to experiment with just-in-time delivery systems, which allowed companies to reduce the need to store costly inventory by carefully timing the arrival of parts. S. auto industry in the 1980s and 1990s. S-Canada Free Trade Agreement in 1989 and NAFTA in 1994 further deepening economic ties between the two countries, American automakers became bolder and bolder in shutting down warehouses to shave costs and better compete with their Japanese and Korean rivals.

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