GEOG 571
Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security

Lesson 5 Summary and Deliverables


Lesson 5 Summary

Lesson Five is spread out over weeks six and seven. The extra time dedicated to this material demonstrates the degree to which I believe the porosity of the border is a serious national security issue. As things now stand, neither the U.S. government nor the government of Mexico know a great deal about the millions of people who now illegally live inside the United States. Most of these illegal immigrants are probably hard-working people who, because they could not find employment in Mexico, crossed into the U.S. in search of jobs. Some, however, may be international terrorists from a wide variety of nations. Because millions cross from Mexico into the U.S. without the benefit of proper papers and permits, it is impossible to know how many of them may be terrorists, or at least criminals. Furthermore, nations generally make plans and develop policies based on realistic population-growth projections. Wide-open borders across which thousands surreptitiously come into the United States every year make effective planning for health care, education, and other services very difficult. In this lesson, you learned that the border region is physically and culturally a very diverse place. It is difficult to govern and difficult to secure. Additionally, organized crime on the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border has now gained a strong foothold. For some time to come, the United States and Mexico must engage in a strong and relentless cooperative effort to neutralize criminal organizations and to secure the border.

Lesson 5 Deliverables

1. Complete a short quiz that covers the reading material in Lesson 5. The Lesson 5 Quiz, can be found in the Lesson 5 - Civil Security and the U.S./Mexico Border Region module in Canvas. The quiz does not count toward your final grade, but you must score 100% on the quiz before you can post to the Lesson 5 Discussion Forum. (There are no limits on the number of times you may repeat the quiz.)

2. After successfully completing the quiz you will use the Lesson 5 Discussion Forum in Canvas to respond to the prompt.

The Lesson 5 Discussion Forum and the associated prompt can be found in the Lesson 5 - Civil Security and the U.S./Mexico Border Region module in Canvas. Type your response directly into the Canvas discussion forum (do not use attachments).

Your grade will depend on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, clarity of thought, and the application of spatial concepts and thought. Your submission should not exceed three pages in length double spaced standard font (approximately 750 words).

You are also required to critically appraise (in writing) the submission of at least one of your classmates. (Your original post is due Tuesday night and your appraisal of your classmate's post is due by the following Friday night.)

Please remember that this is a formal academic assignment (at the graduate level). Therefore, write accordingly.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the GEOG 571 - General Discussion Forum. (That forum can be accessed at any time in Canvas by opening the Orientation / Resources module and then clicking on the GEOG 571 - General Discussion Forum link.)