MEXIFORNIA IN METLDOWN: First, illegal immigration is the problem. CA has spent hundreds of billions on illegal aliens and their bills — public schools, free meals at school, special bi-lingual teachers, healthcare, housing allowances, low income energy assistance, aid to families with dependent children, prisons, cops, courts, public defenders, welfare, food stamps, and a hundred other gov handouts. And don’t forget lower college tuition for illegal immigrants. WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
President Barack Obama's Systematic Sabotage of American Borders
BY DESIGN THERE IS NO BORDER SECURITY AS OBAMA AND HIS LA
RAZA DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS DETERMINED TO BUILD THE DEM PARTY OF
secure is the border? DHS stats only measure part of the problem
Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano testified to Congress last month that the border “has never
been stronger.” What she doesn’t say is that the department no longer measures
illegal immigrants who get away -- only those it catches.
“For two years, Secretary
Napolitano has claimed our southern border is secure without having any metrics
in place to make that determination,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Fox News
on Monday. “Such statements demonstrate her lack of leadership and
unwillingness to solve the problem."
In response, the Department
of Homeland Security argues staffing levels are at an all-time high, while
Border Patrol apprehensions remain at historic lows, a downward trend it claims
“reflect fewer individuals crossing the border.” Apprehensions are down 79
percent since 2000, and 50 percent since 2008.
But those numbers alone
mean little and one congressional aide called them a sticking point in
immigration reform negotiations. “It’s like the juggler who tells you he can
juggle three balls, but fails to tell you he dropped five. Apprehensions alone
are meaningless. It could mean fewer people are crossing or you’re just missing
a larger share of those who do cross. We don’t know.”
Exactly what defines a
"secure border" is critical as Republicans and Democrats inch closer
to an immigration overhaul. Some lawmakers insist on border security first, as
a pre-condition for any form of amnesty or legalization. The problem is, the
Department of Homeland Security has no reliable or accepted metric to measure
border security. That presents a problem for lawmakers who do not accept the
administration’s claim the border is safe and secure.
“There are areas of the
border that have never been worse and never been more dangerous,” said Arizona
rancher Dan Bell. “Every time someone mentions immigration reform we see a
spike. We see more people coming through. And that is the case now.”
Bell operates a
50-square-mile ranch along the U.S.- Mexico border. He says illegal immigrant
traffic on his ranch is worse, not better, than before the arrival of thousands
of border agents in nearby Nogales.
“The canyons, the valleys,
the mountains of Santa Cruz County, that is where the activity is now,” admits
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. “The activity has shifted from urban to
In Nogales, Estrada says
the city itself has never been safer. The busy port of entry is heavily
fortified, with a massive steel curtain stretching 5 miles east and west of
town. Stadium lighting and cameras blanket the border, while Border Patrol
agents and vehicles saturate the streets.
“In my 45 years in law
enforcement I have never seen it more secure than it is now,” Estrada said.
But outside of the city,
ranchers and agents tell a different story. Smugglers are mobile. Their routes
are fluid and change every hour, relative to border patrol units, cameras and
Patrol no longer keeps data that reflects this dynamic. Prior to 2012, the
agency kept three important statistics: illegal immigrants it caught, those it
turned away and those who got away. A formula using those three numbers
determined efficiency. In 2011, the last year the agency collected those
numbers, the Border Patrol apprehended 124,000 illegal immigrants, turned back
43,000, and missed 25,000.
In the six prior years, no
fewer than 800,000 illegal immigrants "got away," according to a 2012
GAO analysis of CBP data, though the Border Patrol did reduce the number of
‘"got aways" from 33 percent to 13 percent from 2006 to 2011.
But the agency dropped this
metric and now only reports apprehensions, which the GAO said was inadequate.
“The number of apprehensions bears little relationship to effectiveness because
agency officials do not compare these numbers with the amount of cross border
Last year the agency
adopted a new measure of accountability known as “operational control."
However, statistics showed the border to be "out of control" in four
of the nation’s nine border sectors, and the agency abandoned that metric as well.
Today, the Border Patrol is
developing a more "holistic” approach to the border and will introduce a
new “Border Condition Index,” which it says will “provide a top level summary
of systematic border trends."
"An initial version of
the BCI has been completed and final consolidations and modifications are
currently being made,” DHS said in response to questions on Monday.
It proves the Obama administration is willing to go to any extent
- including gaming the courts - to continue stonewalling the full story of its
lawless release of illegal aliens. Now, with the prison floodgates being thrown
open to illegal aliens under the phony pretense of abiding by sequester cuts,
it is more important that details of this threat to the public safety be