Past Features

November 6, 2012

Securing the border first...
Demand border metrics

IDENTISEIS test - Oct. 21, 2014 -- Single walker is detected more than
400 feet from border sensors. Watch it happen!
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- November 6, 2014      
Minutes before the 2007 vote on amnesty, Sen. Elizabeth Dole stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and said:

"And certainly there's one area in which we have much agreement, and that is securing our borders. Clearly the American People don't have any confidence at all in the promises that this will be done when there's a track record of total failure. 1986 three million illegal aliens and today of course twelve million or more... 2006 - The Secure Fence Act - 700 miles of fencing to be built, only two miles have been built. And so my strong view is that it's not just promises, it's proof that people want. The American People want to see results, control of our borders. So we need to establish standards, metrics and show that they have been achieved." ---Elizabeth Dole, June 30, 2007

    For the past four years, American Border Patrol has been testing a system that can provide border metrics. We call it the Sonic Barrier, but its real name is IDENTISEIS (Identification using seismic methods).
    IDENTISEIS was designed to produce a count of everyone who crosses the border.
    In one series of recent tests (Oct. 21/22), a single individual walked toward IDENTISEIS to see how close he could get without being detected. In twenty tries along different routes, he was detected at an average distance of 471 feet - the closest he got without being detected was 340 feet. Compare that to US Border Patrol sensors that have an average detection range of 35 feet.
    This is a three-minute video of one of the tests.
    Last year, I proposed the Secure Borders Accountability Act of 2014.
    The House of Representative should take action in the coming Lame Duck session send such a bill to the Senate that uses this technology to establish an objective measure of border security that must be achieved before any immigration reform legislation can be debated - but promising action if border security is proved.
    If Harry Reid refuses to act on the bill, the American People will understand what is a stake here - not only would Obama grant amnesty for millions, failure to prove that the border is secure could mean that millions more could flood into our nation.