Past Features

November 28, 2012

Hurray for Candice
Michigan Rep. Talks Straight
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol-- November 28, 2014  
    Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
    Over the past three years she held a number of hearings that went right to the fundamental issues of border security. Here is part of her opening statement from a hearing held last year.

    A real border security plan has to be able to answer these simple questions: what does a secure border look like; how do we get there; and most importantly how do we measure progress of getting there.
    Spending billions of dollars on border security without a way to assess progress is really what we have done that for the last 20 years without truly understanding how effective the additional resources have been or measuring them. -- I am disappointed that the Senate continued this flawed approach with their immigration bill – to the tune of $46 billion dollars.
    I think without outcome-based metrics, accountability or a standard for success with real teeth, the Senate bill is more of the same – it's a Washington solution and that will not deliver results.
    I do think that additional resources will be needed to achieve situational awareness, operational control of the border and enhance security at the ports of entry.
    But just spending additional resources without a strategy to secure the border or means to hold DHS accountable for a result creates conditions that are ripe for waste. ---Rep. Candice Miller - July 23, 2013

    Last week Barack Obama said the House should pass the wasteful Senate Bill.
Chairman Miller has nailed the border issues. Let's hope Speaker Boehner listens to her.
Related: See Glenn's talk --- "What is Border Security and How Will We Know When We Have It?"