In the recent years, the U.S. government has been keen on shutting down terrorist pathways into the country following a high recurrence of travel patterns along suspected regions by Special Interest Aliens (SIAs). It should be noted that not all SIAs can be viewed as terrorists but all suspected terrorist proponents bear similar characteristics to those manifested by SIAs. The U.S. federal administration through its Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has invested heavily in developing a credible approach that enables it to overcome the risks and threats posed by terrorist organizations.
When one pathway is closed, terrorist organizations explore alternative approaches that can be used to gain access into the U.S. and other developed nations. In this regard, human trafficking groups come in handy in facilitating the entry and exit of the suspected terrorists (Gonzalez, 2013). However, the tough security measures put in place by the U.S. federal administration may hinder the terrorist groups from exposing their agents through the dubious methods (Bensman, 2018). Given the continued success of human smugglers to penetrate the system, terrorist organizations heavily rely on the loopholes created by corrupt government officials to gain entry into the country.
Counter-terrorism measures focus on the long goal that can be realized to understand the inner workings of the terrorist groups. In this regard, when one of the members of primary terrorist groups is arrested, they are often cross-examined to identify any pieces of information that can be used to destabilize their operations. In many cases, the smuggling network is halted because of increased police activity while the terrorist groups encounter increased attacks that hinder them from conducting their operations. However, the consequences of terrorism stretch beyond the targeted countries because of the subsequent impact on other nations that rely on global economic stability.