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Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer

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When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes, and sometimes their lives due to the human and drug smuggling traffic that regularly ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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JC
May 04, 2014 JC rated it really liked it
Received this book as a giveaway.

An interesting look into several of the issues that are plaguing are border. There is no question that there are some issues that cover both the Canadian and Mexican border and this book details those issues. One of the good things about this book is that it give some specific solutions to our problems and they all seemed to be reasonable to me.

The book primarily focuses on the Mexican border as it seems to be the place that we have had and continue to have the m
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Doug Cornelius
I read this book with the perspective of a compliance professional, with limited knowledge about border security. I've heard the background noise of politicians arguing about fences and immigration reform.

What do compliance and border security have in common? More than you might initially think. Try reading Sylvia Longmire's Border Insecurity . Some of the issues with border security will resonate with compliance professionals. (Hopefully, you do not have to deal with illegal immigration, human
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Karen
May 10, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank First Reads for the book. Sylvia Longmire has done her research. This book is written for the average Joe and Jane. She tells the good, bad and ugly about our border security. I have a much clearer idea of what border security is and isn't. The illegal immigration, human trafficking, terrorism and drug smuggling problems are huge. I had read about violence on our south border for years, but didn't know how these issues affected the people living there. I think everyone in the ...more
Joseph
Aug 07, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
If you watch the National news with any sort of regularity, you have probably noticed that there is much to be said about illegal immigration and our border security-primarily the Mexican Border. Since 9/11, border security has become a hot button issue and a highly contested political talking point during each election cycle. Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, And Drones Aren't Making Us Safer by Sylvia Longmire is a comprehensive, and well researched look at the many issues involved ...more
Stephanie Schmidt
Apr 29, 2014 Stephanie Schmidt rated it liked it
Shelves: nf-political
Before I review this book, I must disclose that I received an ARC copy through the Giveaways. Thank you to all that made that possible!
Border Insecurity is, without a doubt, a very well-researched book. Ms. Longmire has put a great deal of time and effort into checking her facts and citing them perfectly. When you are dealing with such a controversial issue as how to keep the border safe, it helps to have your ducks in a row, for it is just a matter of time before someone else comes along and c
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Jjudyfl
Jul 21, 2014 Jjudyfl rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads.
"Mere immigrants" are NOT our enemies. There are at least 3 bigger (reviewer's opinion) border problems; drugs, terrorists, and our international enemies. Although much of the book covers Mexican attempts to cross over, I got focused on those 3.
We have 5500 miles of border with Canada, 2000 with Mexico - & then all of the US shoreline. Panga boats? What are they? Apparently they can float in 3 INCHES of water! I was aware of the drug tunnels, but drug submar
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Merrikay
Aug 26, 2014 Merrikay rated it it was amazing
Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer by Sylvia Longmire

This is the best book I have read about border issues. As a former Air Force officer and special agent, Longmire is in an excellent position to elucidate the various factors that must be addressed if we are to have any success, regardless of how you define that success. The most important thing she does is to separate out security concerns from immigration issues. Once that is done, the problems, objecti
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Terry
May 15, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
Thanks for giving me an advance copy as part of Goodreads giveaways.

Longmire comes to this book with plenty of expertise to address the topic. When I finished the book - I felt like I learned a tremendous amount about the challenges of securing our borders (both north & south). Frankly I had never given much thought to the topic beyond thinking that the cries for a fence from sea to shining sea was not the answer.

She explains clearly the many facets of the problems of border insecurity fro
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Beau Smith
May 12, 2014 Beau Smith rated it it was amazing
Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer by Sylvia Longmire, is a text book of what is going on with our country's borders. Sylvia Longmire does with this book what she did with her earlier book, CARTEL, she educates the reader with a topic that needs more attention, not only from the American people, but government and the world. In this book, the author brings the reader into the lives of the people that protect our borders and those people that live there, on ...more
Dave Wilcox
May 14, 2014 Dave Wilcox rated it it was amazing
Border Insecurity by Sylvia Longmire is excellent. Not only is it easy to read, thoroughly researched and documented, it is published at the opportune time to have an impact on the current discussion that’s needed to make the critical decisions required to actually secure our Borders. Ms Longmire correctly points out that it is impossible to make those decisions until our politicians can agree upon a definition of “border security.” This book is a non political must read for anyone interested in ...more
Kazoobooks
Jul 26, 2014 Kazoobooks rated it liked it
What a difficult topic! AND it is changing everyday.

Longmire does best at not taking sides on what has become a political hot button issue and one that is filled with misinformation and political manipulation.

She selects key topics about boarder security, presents the history of the topic and the difficulties the United States currently faces in addressing this topic. Topics include, fencing, violence, technology, migration, and the US/Canadian border.

For one who would like more than an intro
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Ryan Mac
Jun 11, 2016 Ryan Mac rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Review program.

Like several other reviewers, I expected a more biased viewpoint about immigration but the author does a good job of describing several issues with the border including the fence, Mexican drug cartel violence, drones, the northern border with Canada and the huge amount of money spent on all of these things. She asks great questions: what are we getting for all of that money? What are the goals of border security? Well res
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Holly
May 26, 2015 Holly rated it liked it
I got about 3/4 of the way through. It needed better editing, but did contain lots of relevant information and analysis. I appreciate that she attempted to present different perspectives fairly and with compassion. I say attempted because, although one book-jacket commenter claimed that the book was entirely without bias, it was clear to me that the author, who has a military background and who works as a consultant, has a law enforcement bias that created certain blind spots within a bigger ...more
Zach Vaughn
Jul 21, 2014 Zach Vaughn rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Good overview of border security issues that points you in the right direction for further reading and research.
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Ms. Longmire is a [medically] retired Air Force captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. During her eight years with AFOSI, she conducted numerous criminal investigations and worked extensively in the fields of counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection. During her last assignment, Ms. Longmire worked at HQ AFOSI as the Latin America ...more
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