Secure Borders and Ports
- To make safe; to relieve from
apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
- To put beyond hazard of losing
or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; to insure.
- To make fast; to close or
confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
- To get possession of.
- The outer part or edge of
- A boundary; a frontier of a
state or of the settled part of a country; a frontier district.
- A place where ships may ride
secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven.
- In law and commercial usage, a
harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from
whence they depart and where they finish their voyages.
IV, Section 3 - The Congress shall have Power to
dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the
Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and
nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice
any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
IV, Section 4 - The United States shall guarantee to every State in
this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each
of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or
of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against
of Confederation XI
- Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the
measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled
to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be
admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine
prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns,
and destroyed the lives of our people.
- Winning the War on
- Halting the
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
applaud these achievements, as well as the successes of President
Bush and Vice President Cheney, backed by the Republican Congress,
here at home to make America safer from the threat of weapons of
mass destruction - including:
- creating the
Container Security Initiative to screen cargo destined for the
United States; and
- Homeland Security
- The freedom we enjoy
also makes us vulnerable to attack. Since September 11, 2001,
President Bush, Vice President Cheney, the Congress, and governors
across the nation have taken significant steps to:
security at entry points like ports, airports, and borders;
- The Republican
Party salutes the work of the:
- Coast Guard
in protecting our shores;
- Customs and
Border Patrol who police our borders;
- Air marshals
and baggage screeners of the Transportation Security
Administration in safeguarding our airports and our skies;
and Customs Enforcement in ensuring that the identity of foreign
citizens who enter our borders is known;
- Department of
- Just as the Cold
War prompted a massive reorganization of the federal government's
foreign policy apparatus, the War on Terror demanded a thorough
reorganization of America's domestic preparedness agencies.
President Bush led this effort with a plan to merge 22 separate
government entities into the new Department of Homeland Security, a
cohesive department with the primary mission of keeping America
- President Bush has
overhauled and greatly enhanced security at the nation's airports.
As tagging and tracking citizens is inconsistent with American
freedom, we oppose the creation of a national identification card or
- Proposed funding for
port security in 2005 represents a 600 percent increase since
President Bush came to office. In addition, the Container Security
Initiative ensures that:
- all cargo is
now screened by customs agents;
takes place in foreign ports, well before potentially dangerous
cargo ever reaches our shores; and
high-risk cargo is physically inspected.
- Coast Guard
recognize the critical new role played by the U.S. Coast Guard in
upholding America's maritime security against terrorist threats.
believe that it is a high national priority for America to continue
building on that cooperation with Mexico over the coming years to
ensure safe, orderly, and legal migration flows; further reduce the
cost of remittances; expand access to credit for small business
entrepreneurs; and further strengthen bilateral ties in education,
civil society, housing, agriculture, infrastructure, communications,
and information technologies.
- Since the tragic
events of September 11, 2001, the United States has received
excellent cooperation from our hemispheric partners to combat terror
in North America. In particular, our longstanding allies Canada and
Mexico have been steadfast partners in joint efforts to enhance
border security, while ensuring that the swift pace of legal
movement of people and goods along our land borders is maintained.
- Supporting Humane
and Legal Immigration
- The Republican
Party supports reforming the immigration system to ensure that it is
legal, safe, orderly and humane. It also supports measures to ensure
that the immigration system is structured to address the needs of
- To better ensure
that immigrants enter the United States only through legal means
that allow for verification of their identity, reconnaissance
cameras, border patrol agents, and unmanned aerial flights have all
been increased at the border. In addition, Border Patrol agents now
have sweeping new powers to deport illegal aliens without having
first to go through the cumbersome process of allowing the illegal
alien to have a hearing before an immigration judge.
- Securing the
Borders and Ports is National Defense
- War on Terror
Demanded Reorganization of Domestic Preparedness Agencies
- Safe, Orderly, and
Identification Cards or System is Inconsistent with American Freedom
Administrative Policy Initiatives
Republican Sponsored Legislature
— Homeland Security Act, Pub.L. 107-296, 116 Stat. 2135
— Safe Port Act, Pub.L. 109-347, 120 Stat. 1884, including title VIII,
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006
— Secure Fence Act of 2006, Pub.L. 109-367, 120 Stat. 2638
— Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Pub.L.
110-53, 121 Stat. 266
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