24 May 2017

The borders of a nation are crucial in the security and survival of that nation. These borders determine the boundaries of jurisdiction, the civilian population under that law, the relationship with its neighbors, among other purposes. However, these borders every so often are compromised by other factors, for example wars and conflicts.

The present threat to border security isn’t necessarily conflict between nations, but more specifically as conflict between groups –the population of a country and the refugees entering. In this modern day dilemma, many oppose the influx of refugees, claiming they pose a security risk potentially importing terrorism alongside regular individuals.

Some attempts to remedy this issue are the use of profiling tactics by the government. These include background checks and screenings, if possible, to prevent the entrance of radicals and terror. However, with many profiling tactics, there runs a risk of jeopardizing liberties and freedoms.

Additionally, profiling is repeatedly criticized for focusing on individuals for their skin rather than actual suspected threat. In fact, some say that refugees should be the least suspected since they are running away from the disaster at home that was caused by terrorism.

However, the mere fact that these individuals come from a country where a terrorist group operates worries not just the public, but the politicians and government of nations, too. As a result, the modern day challenge of border protection is finding methods of screening potential visitors and refugees so as to protect their basic human rights while ensuring a secure nation.

The challenge presented today is does accepting refugees compromise the security of a country’s citizens? Do refugees present a larger risk for importing terrorism than other individuals? Should more intense measures, such as background checks or security screenings, be utilized to grant entrance to refugees? Should nations close their borders from incoming refugees for the sake of security?

There is no one right answer for any of these questions. For some countries, allowing refugees has been a beneficial experience, improving the society they live in today. For others, there have been issues with adaptation, ties to terror, or separation among groups that have caused more damage than good as a result of refugees. Regardless, this is a growing issue in the world of defense and security as these dimensions of our nations are questioned and even threatened further.