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February 15, 2011

DHS Budget Says Napolitano Doesn't Intend to Secure a Single Additional Mile of U.S. Border

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues reports:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released a budget document on Monday that indicates that the Department of Homeland Security does not intend to put a single additional mile of the U.S. border under "effective control" in either fiscal year 2011 or 2012.

According to Napolitano's budget plan, the Border Patrol had 1,007 miles of the U.S. border under "effective control" at the end of fiscal year 2010, and DHS aims to stick with exactly that number through this year and next.

[...] DHS declares it has established "effective control" of a mile of the U.S. border "when the appropriate mix of personnel, equipment, technology and tactical infrastructure has been deployed to reasonably ensure that when an attempted illegal entry is detected, the Border Patrol has the ability to identify, classify and respond to bring the attempted illegal entry to a satisfactory law enforcement resolution."

[...] According to DHS budget justification released Monday, CBP currently has only 1,007 of the 8,607 miles of border it is responsible for under "effective control."

Can anyone explain to me how putting 1007 miles of 8,607 miles of border, can, in any logical way, really be considered "effective"? Worse, how can Napolitano seriously claim that the border is safe, and how would you know when only 11.7% of the border is even supposedly controlled ?

Posted by Richard at February 15, 2011 4:38 PM

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