Secure Border Initiative

Margaret Seymour, Scott Romaniuk

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The Secure Border Initiative was announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff on November 2, 2005. The program was meant to decrease illegal immigration along the southern and northern borders of the United States, bringing both under complete control of the United States by 2010, and organized the four major organizations tasked with border security: Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and US Coast Guard. The primary goal of the initiative, however, was the implementation of “tactical infrastructure” along the border through the SBInet program. A major component was SBInet, under the authority of the US CBP. The SBInet program was tasked with developing and implementing a hybrid border protection composed of physical and technological security. The SBI program faces scrutiny from a policy perspective, with some reports arguing that the program was destined to fail as it wasn’t implemented in conjunction with immigration reform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Homeland Security
EditorsScott N. Romaniuk, Martin Scott Catino, C. Augustus Martin
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, Fl.
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781315144511
ISBN (Print)9781032362632 , 9781138501720
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2023


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