The Nigerian-Camerounian Border Conundrum
The US/Mexico border is 1,969 mile (3,169 km) long – The border is guarded by more than 20,000 border patrol agents, more than any time in its history. However, they only have “effective control” of less than 700 miles (1,100 km) [35.6%] of the 1,954 miles (3,145 km) of total border, with an ability to actually prevent or stop illegal entries along 129 miles (208 km) [10.6%] of that border. The border is paralleled by United States Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints at major roads generally between 25 and 75 miles (121 km) to the U.S. side of the border, and garitas generally within 50 km of the border on the Mexican side.
There are an estimated 500,000 illegal entries into the United States each year. Border Patrol activity is concentrated around big border cities such as San Diego and El Paso which do have extensive border fencing.
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed providing for the construction of 700 miles (1,100 km) [35.6%] of high-security fencing. Attempts to complete the construction of the United States–Mexico barrier have been challenged by the Mexican government and various U.S.–based organizations.
In January 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a report stating that the United States Border Patrol only intercepts 61% of individuals illegally crossing the border in 2011, which translated to 208,813 individuals not being apprehended. 85,827 of the 208,813 would go on to illegally enter the United States, while the rest returned into Mexico.
Now contrast this to the Nigeria-Cameroun which is reported to be between 1,200 and 1,500 miles long; almost the same size as the US/Mexico border – and you begin to get a sense of the enormity of the challenges that the Nigerian Armed Forces is having to contend with here. This of course should help you situate those who keep insinuating that the Nigerian Armed Forces isn’t doing much to curb this crisis.
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