October 12, 2015
Ending Border Propaganda
It is time for accountability
Think Progress -- October 9, 2015
Why Americans Will Never Be Satisfied With How Much Border Security We Add
The Department of Homeland Security erected 649 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border [See what they call a fence ].
In 2011, [wrong --- it was built in 2007 through 2012] adding vehicle barriers, radio towers, flood lighting, and mobile surveillance. Nonetheless, American attitudes on the security of the southern border haven't changed much over the past several years, according to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center.
Of 1,502 participants surveyed in a week-long telephone interview in September, 46 percent favored building a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, according to the survey. Public consensus about building a fence has remained around 46 percent when Pew first conducted the survey in 2007 and again in 2011.
In that time, GOP-affiliated Americans have become even more eager to toughen border security. In 2015, 73 percent of Republicans told Pew that they supported building a fence, up 11 percent from when the question was asked in 2007.
That could be because recent national discourse on immigration policy suggests that border enforcement is scarily weak. During the second GOP debate last month, for instance, Carly Fiorina declared, “The border's been insecure for 25 years.” Donald Trump emphasized the need to “build a wall, a wall that works.” Ben Carson chimed in, stating, “If we don't seal the border, the rest of this stuff clearly doesn't matter” and adding that some fences in Arizona were unmanned. [...]
Here's the reality, though: By 2012, there were 21,370 Customs and Border Protection agents, focusing on “high-risk areas and flows” and targeting “responses to meet those threats.” By some accounts, the U.S. government has successfully militarized the southern border, pouring $17.9 billion into more boots-on-the-ground and infrastructure in in the 2012 fiscal year [totally false].
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
How To Satisfy Americans
Borders are political divisions - and that is very clear when it comes to the US/Mexico border. Politics plays a dominant role as indicated by the misinformation in the above article. Much of what we read about the border is political propaganda. It is time for facts to be brought to the table.
American Border Patrol has long advocated that our government develop the means to measure border security in an objective manner.
It is time to stop playing politics with the border and bring accountability into the discussion.
Americans will be satisfied when they are convinced that they know the truth about the border. Right now they don't --- and they know it.