October 11, 2012
Fifty-Foot Ladder is Back
Jeh Johnson conquered by DHS bureaucrats?
My predecessor used to say ‘Build a 50-foot fence and
I’m sure someone else will build a 51-foot ladder.’
Glenn Spencer. American Patrol Report -- October 11, 2014
Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Secretary of Homeland Security said:
As proven in San Diego, Yuma and El Paso, where proper fencing was installed, apprehensions of illegal aliens dropped by more than 90% - no matter how many ladders people had.
"We are discarding the stove pipes. Our southern border is a mixture of winding river, desert and mountains. Simply building more fences is not the answer. My predecessor used to say ‘Build a 50-foot fence and I'm sure someone else will build a 51-foot ladder.’ Today we have the intelligence capability, surveillance equipment and technology to do more. Much of that is already deployed on the border today. We need to go further in this direction so that we can focus our resources where our intelligence and our surveillance tell us the threats exist.”
Thanks to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson. the 700-mile double layered fence called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, turned into 35 miles. The remaining pedestrian fencing that was built is almost useless.
I agree with Secretary Johnson that technology could be used to show where the problems are. That's why I invented the Sonic Barrier.
At the same time, I have also shown that DHS/CBP cannot be trusted to tell the truth about the border.
Technology should be used to pinpoint problems, but the information must be in the hands people we can trust.
In my Dallas speech last year, I predicted that the DHS bureaucracy would treat Johnson like a mushroom and nothing would change. It seems I was right.