Secure Border Initiative

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The Secure Border Initiative (SBI), initiated in November 2005, is "a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America’s borders and reduce illegal migration. ... Under SBI, our goal is to have operational control of both the northern and southern borders within five years," a U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release states. [1]


Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced in November 2005 "an overall vision for the SBI which includes" (as stated):

  • More agents to patrol our borders, secure our ports of entry and enforce immigration laws;
  • Expanded detention and removal capabilities to eliminate 'catch and release' once and for all;
  • A comprehensive and systemic upgrading of the technology used in controlling the border, including increased manned aerial assets, expanded use of UAVs, and next-generation detection technology;
  • Increased investment in infrastructure improvements at the border – providing additional physical security to sharply reduce illegal border crossings; and
  • Greatly increased interior enforcement of our immigration laws – including more robust worksite enforcement.

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