Past Features

May 17, 2015

The 75% Question
The History behind it
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs -- May 13, 2015
Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers
Sen. Johnson: in terms of the testimony before the committee there is a discrepancy there. If you're looking at detections and measuring how many people your detecting vs how many you've apprehended, it's 75% but you're not detecting everybody, which is one of the reasons I asked the question about some level of understanding about what the situational awareness is. Is there any sense of what percent you're not detecting?
The Gambler Gambit   
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol           
    In 2010 I was at a town hall meeting and lectured the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on the need for accountability. Two years later, Rep. Barber (D-Az) held another town hall meeting in the same place and presented a cost benefit report on the Tucson Sector that he said had been prompted by the meeting where I spoke.There is no question that my lecture prompted Chairman Thompson to order that report.
    After looking at her report I realized that the author, Gambler, had accepted and reported the Border Patrol's numbers on apprehensions --- a big mistake. See this page from the Gambler report and this page. That's where Sen. Johnson got the 75% number.
    I was at Barber's meeting as well, and met Rebecca Gambler, the author of the GAO report, and personally handed her this report.
    Many of the problems with the GAO began when Gambler replaced Richard Stana as the point person on the border.
    I understand the border reporting problem and how to fix it --- that's why the media hate me.