Past Features

January 5, 2015

Washington Times -- January 3, 2015  
700 miles of U.S.-Mexico border still insecure, congressional investigators say
    Less than 3 percent of illegal immigrants will ever be deported, and more than 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border remained unsecured as of 2014, according to Sen. Tom Coburn's final oversight report released Saturday morning, which found the Homeland Security Department failing in several of its top missions.
    The report also said corruption is a serious problem in the Border Patrol, but said agency officials actually told internal affairs investigators to cut down on the number of cases they were pursuing, according to the former division head. [...]
    Meanwhile, more than 700 miles of the border were deemed porous because there was “little to no deployment density or aviation surveillance coverage” to detect illegal immigrants, smugglers or others, said Mr. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who retired effective Saturday.

Glenn Spencer, American Patrol Report    
What The Report Really Says
    Sen. Coburn suggests that much of the border is secure, however his own report says:
    "Based on the information that is available, it is impossible to judge where the border is secure based on these statistics for several reasons. First, the data that DHS has made available including apprehension rates, does not answer the question of whether the border is secure. The Department is not reporting so-called “got-aways or people who have succeeded in crossing the border that are not known to them.” (Page 41)
    This is why American Border Patrol has worked for twelve years to find a way to evaluate border security. It has found it.


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