If You Build It, They Will Come . . . by Sea
While a continuous border wall or layered border security system along the U.S.-Mexico frontier may seem like a reasonable solution to prevent immigrants from illegally entering the United States, those determined to come will quickly shift to maritime routes. Levels of illegal immigration will increase from traditional source countries, just via maritime routes. This will necessitate a more agile, smarter, and stronger Coast Guard, not a smaller, weaker one that has been suggested in the new administration’s budget guidelines.