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Native Americans and Border Security – Reinforcement from Our Oldest Residents

There are a few issues that are bound to surface in discussions around the state of the U.S. – the economy, healthcare, foreign policy, and, not the least, border security. Consider that the fringes of this nation border Mexico and Canada for a total of nearly 7,500 miles according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and that the U.S. is home to 11.7 million undocumented immigrants out of a total population of 42 million, according to an article on Forbes. Then consider that an estimated 150,000 minors, as cited in a Government Executive feature, are expected to cross the border in 2015. It’s clear that the issue deserves the full attention of government agencies.

There are many ways to enhance border security that extend beyond additional funding, and in my recent article featured in The Hill, I explore one in particular – working with the Native Americans. There are dozens of Native American tribal reservations located on or near the U.S. borders, and their members can provide a natural reinforcement in deterring the smooth passage of drug smugglers and illegal immigrants.

In my piece, I explore ways that Native Americans have already contributed to securing our nation’s borders, as well as opportunities for further collaboration. Take a look for yourself!

About the Author

Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Xerox is a global product and services company that serves clients in 160 countries. Chuck served in government at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate. He also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter and was Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught homeland security and Congress. Chuck has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Political Science from DePauw University. Chuck is published on the subjects of innovation, public/private partnerships, emerging technologies, and issues of cybersecurity.

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