Past Features

July 10, 2012

Begging the Question: What is Border Security?

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- July 10, 2014   
"They keep changing the goal posts on us."
     What do we mean by border security? The answer is in the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
   ...the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States
 Operational Control Defined.-- In this section, the term "operational control" means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States.  
    One simple measure of operational control is the number of people who enter the US illegally. For the southern border that number may be as high as 500,000. But what is an acceptable number? I have suggested 20,000, but that is debatable.
    In 2007 Senator Elizabeth Dole said "The American People want to see results control of that border. We need to establish standards --- metrics and show that they have been achieved."
    Whatever the criteria, before we can do anything else we need to know the number of illegal entries. Can we get this number? Yes, there are ways to do this. I go into detail on how this can be done in this GovSec West presentation.
    In all of the sound and fury coming out of the White House about the border, the one simple fact is that they refuse to accept any definition of border security, including the one Barack Obama voted for, that can be subject to verification.
    On May 10, Obama said, "They keep changing the goal posts on us."
    Mr. Obama, there are no goal posts - and you like it that way.