North vs. South: Immigration Border Security Unequal, American Friends Service Committee Finds

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The immigration bill the U.S. Senate votes on today includes an amendment that would increase border security between Mexico and the U-S. American Friends Service Committee argues that the additional security, when compared to the northern border with Canada, is unfair.

It was common for my family to go to day trips or, when I was a teenager, to be able to cross the border by myself. But the past three months I lived in Tucson, Ariz., and there the militarization of the border was really palpable.

The Senate today is expected to push through the final hurdles of the Immigration Bill. A last minute add-on to the bill is the Hoeven-Corker Amendment, which the Washington Post reported on June 26 would increase border security at the Mexican border.

The American Friends Service Committee question the effectiveness of border security and what they see as inequality of security between the Canadian and Mexican borders. Quina Weber-Shirk, a intern for the American Friends Service Committee, grew up near the Canadian border but saw a stark contrast when she lived in the Southwest earlier this year.

Quina made a video demonstrating the difference.

The American Friends Service Committee argues that money on border security would be better spent developing global economic policies that reduce what they call "forced migration" by immigrants looking for a better future for their families. Supporters of the additional security argue there are more people trying to gain access to the United States through its southern border.

More information on the American Friends Service Committee's position on immigration reform is online at afsc.org.

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