1) Is current immigration policy seriously treated as a national security issue? How was it treated prior to September 11th?
2) Was lax border enforcement the only factor that caused the September 11, 2001, attack?
3) What does open, but closed borders mean?
After reading the assigned material, I have come to some pretty harsh realizations concerning immigration policy and how it relates to national security both pre and post 9/11. Up until taking this course, I paid only a passing interest to border security. I had some rather broad opinions on its impact on the border states, the enforcement agencies responsible for patrolling the borders, and the porous nature of the seemingly impossibility of accomplishing this task along 2,000 miles of mostly rough terrain.
I feel that national security is treated seriously by current immigration policies, but is severely hamstrung by politics and a mind boggling bureaucracy. After reading the Time article “Who left the door open”, it is clear the agents responsible for patrolling the border are convinced border security, or the lack of, greatly threatens America’s interests. While the majority of illegal immigrants crossing the border seem to be harmless in a violent criminal capacity, we cannot ignore the fact that those wishing to cause us great harm have an absurdly easy passageway into the country. Why is this?
When contemplating this question, I think of the security at airports. I think of the times I have traveled by air after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I recall the long lines, the three to four ID checks required prior to entering the air terminal, the total search of person and property and it makes sense. Terrorists used large aircraft as WMD…this is where the threat can be mitigated. The differences of pre and post 9/11 airport security are obvious to everyone. Every person boarding a plane must be documented, searched, and enormous amounts of resources are applied to...
...You are the CEO of a large company seeking to invest in either Central or South America and have directed your staff to prepare a report and recommendations. Two of the countries you are assigned are Brazil and Venezuela, and it is your task to make the recommendation between these two countries. Assess the various risks in each of these countries. Which country would you recommend and why? Explain your answer with a well-constructed and cogent response.
As a CEO looking to invest in Brazil or Venezuela I would look closely at the past, current, and future economic forecasts for each nation. At a glance, Brazil looks like what could be a burgeoning economy based in a nation with numerous natural resources, but when you look more closely, you see a nation wrought with political corruption on the verge of collapse. Only five years ago, Brazil’s economy grew at a rate three times faster than the Unites States and its economic size surpassed that of Great Britain’s (Gillespie Feb 19th 2015). Since that boom, Brazil has faced corruption issues with the large state owned oil company Pertobas as well as falling approval and mistrust of the elected officials. On the horizon, Brazil has a huge amount money being invested into the nation’s infrastructure in anticipation of the 2016 Olympic Games, something that I believe could lead to future positive economic benefits.
Venezuela on the other hand is a socialist country run by completely corrupt officials, who waste all...
Ethical Dilemma: Major corporations with overseas subcontractors (such as IKEA in Bangladesh, Unilever in India, and Nike in China) have been criticized, often with substantial negative publicity, when children as young as 10 have been found working in the subcontractor's facilities. The standard response is to perform an audit and then enhance controls so it does not happen again. In one such case, a 10-year-old was terminated. Shortly thereafter, the family, without the 10-year-old's contribution to the family income, lost its modest home, and the 10-year-old was left to scrounge in the local dump for scraps of metal.
1. Was the decision to hire the 10-year-old ethical?
2. Was the decision to terminate the 10-year-old ethical?
Many of the ethical issues and dilemmas in overseas corporations and international business are rooted in the fact that political systems, law, economic development, and culture vary significantly from nation to nation. Consequently, what is considered normal practice in one nation may be considered unethical in other nations because they work for an institution that transcends national borders and different cultures. Corporations should be sensitive to these differences and able to choose the ethical action in those circumstances where variation across societies creates the potential for ethical problems (Hill, 2011).
In conclusion, I feel there is no easy answer the questions in the...
...Dear Professor Schmitt and classmates,
For this initial discussionpost I will be exploring the Pancreas. It is a glandular organ, which is located posterior and inferior to the stomach in the upper left side of the abdominal cavity. The Pancreas actually serves as two glands such as a hormone-producing endocrine gland and a digestive exocrine gland. The pancreas produces several types of enzymes that break down carbohydrates, proteins, fats (lipoids) and nucleic acid. The Pancreatic amylase is a enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates, the Pancreatic proteases breaks down proteins, Nucleases that break down nucleic acids, and the Pancreatic lipase breaks down fat. These processes allow the intestines to absorb nutrients (Taylor, n.d).
A certain area of interest I have that is associated with the pancreas is Diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a very serious and dangerous condition that affects people who are diabetic. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when fat is broke down and acids called Ketones, build up in the urine and blood. When there are high levels of Ketones it becomes poisonous to the body. Though Diabetic ketoacidosis is usually seen in patients with type 1 diabetes, but it has also been seen in patients with type 2 diabetes. There are several tests that can be done to screen for Diabetic ketoacidosis, as well as treatments. Without treatment of Diabetic ketoacidosis it can be deadly (Wisse, 2013)....
A group of illegal aliens gather together to protest the ratification of a treaty between the U.S with a country rival to their own home country. The group begins a march on Washington. Does the Constitution promote or prohibit this group’s ability to protest? Which parts of the Constitution are involved?
Every person in the U.S. has the right to engage in a protest. The protest should be done in a peaceful matter. The constitution protects every person regardless their immigration status. Although undocumented people don’t partake of all the rights granted to United States citizens (vote, etc.), they do enjoy the benefit of the First Amendment that gives them the right of freedom of speech.
I believe that aspects of the constitution that address human rights protect everyone in the United States (US), even those individuals who are here illegally. The 1st, 5th and 14th amendments extend to cover illegal aliens (foreign nationals). So long as the protest is peaceful, there should truly not be an issue, or cause for the immigration status of individuals to arise. Should the protest become violent, or should law enforcement become involved – perhaps indicate the protestors were loitering and they do not leave when told – arrests would probably in turn occur. Even after arrested, the illegal foreign nationals have a right to attorney – though the government does not have to pay for the attorney. ...
Chapter 1: Research Assignment
Chapter 1: Research Assignment
1.) According to contemporary astronomers, what is the chronological evolution of the universe from its moment of inception at the Big Bang to the formation of the Earth?
When we look into outer-space today we see billions upon billions of stars the cover the “universe”, but what may have crossed your mind is how did they get there? Well before, these stars were there it was said that the universe was a very hot, small, and dense with no stars, atoms, forms “singularity”. The way that the universe became what we see today is what scientist calls “The Big Bang Theory” not to get confused with the show. Scientist base the Big Bang theory on many different factors/observations. The most important is the “redshift” of very far away galaxies. Redshift is the doppler reaction that occurs in light. When an object moves away from earth, it looks reddish because the movement stretches the wavelength. The reddish color occurs because; red is the lowest wavelength on the visible. The more redshift there is, the faster the object is moving away. By measuring the redshift, scientists proved that the universe is expanding and can even work out how fast the object is moving. Basically, what happened is that “space” became expanding very quickly about fourteen billion years ago, and which resulted in the formation of...
Plea bargaining can defined as “a process in which a person who is accused of a crime is allowed to say that he or she is guilty of a less serious crime in order to be given a less severe punishment, or a negotiation of an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is permitted to plead guilty to a reduced charge.” Plea Bargaining. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster online. Retrieved from http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleabargaining. Many people disagree about whether or not plea bargains are fair and just and if they should be used at all. There is even dispute as to when plea bargaining actually began in the United States.
Plea bargaining is controversial for many reasons. The time that plea bargaining actually began in the United States is even in dispute by most. Plea bargaining is a relatively recent development that took hold late in the nine-teenth century states Siegel and Worrall, (2012), however according to Mary E. Vogel (2008), plea bargaining actually emerged in the American criminal courts during the 1830s and 1840s, far earlier than had previously been argued.
The time at which plea bargaining began in the United States isn’t the only controversy surrounding this important issue. Some of the other problems surrounding plea bargaining in the United States are false confessions, in which an otherwise innocent offender pleads guilty to...
...Read “Case in Point: Zappos Creates a Motivating Place to Work”, section 14.1, ch.14
Would you be motivated to work at Zappos? Why or why not?
In the past few years, Zappos has become a company to fear for competitors not only for it’s customer satisfaction but also employee gratification. Unlike any other company, Zappos prides itself on their unordinary training process. Anytime during that 5 week training course an employee can decide that the company is not a good fit and is offered $2,000 for their decision. This reward of $2000 is already enough motivation, at least for me if not everyone, to apply in the first place. Motivate is the drive of one behavior or decisions to achieve one’s success. Zappos has many different ways to motivate their current employee’s and forward perspective applicants. They provide an on-site life coach who doubles as a chiropractor. They make caring for their employees and customers a number one priority and they ensure that the company remains transparent to all its benefactors. Along with these social benefits, there are also basic benefits for working at Zappos like full health-care coverage and a well-structured workweek. I feel that all of the offered benefits that the company provides will lead to even more success for the company. Zappos has a greatly respected loyalty with its employees.
You make a very good point by bringing up the fact that they have a flat organizational structure. The structure of a company has a big...
...Discussion Forum Module 3: Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ)
BUSI 604- B05 International Business
September 6, 2013
Jennifer L. Glasscock
Liberty University Online
Key Term Definition and Interest in Key Term
Greetings, everyone! This week I selected a term that I hope will help me not only learn more about global commerce, but will tie into my cultural research paper on India, as well. Therefore, I chose the term, “Foreign Trade Zone” or FTZ. Foreign trade zones are created when X country designates an area as a “customs point of entry” where commercial merchandise would receive the same treatment as if it were outside the commerce of X country. It is free of certain duties and taxes (Satterlee, 2009). I am interested in this term because my BRAC country of India depends on exports to finance a portion of their economy. Not only do foreign trade zones help resources make their way around the world, but they are good for relations among the nations. “The FTZ program provides a number of cost-saving benefits to zone users…Over the last half-century, many of the world's nations have participated in a series of multilateral trade negotiations. The success of these negotiations has lowered tariffs and other trade barriers since the dark days of the early 1930s” (Jones, 1994).
Main Article Summary and Relation to Key Term
The article I selected to write about was a scholarly journal article called, “Challenges of International Business before SAARC Nations:...