An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
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.”
The Department of Homeland Security is about the most useless bureaucracy in the federal government. The homeland is NOT secure! We are being invaded on a daily basis, and that dumb broad flaps her gums, spouting lies about just how well her department works in keeping us safe. Pfft! Between DHS and the DoJ, the criminals are now running the show!
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.
I’ve no doubt the numbers are down because of the catch and release, or just don’t catch at all! Like I said….totally useless!
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.”
Apparently, it’s a requirement of anyone working for this administration to play fast and loose with numbers. Math obviously isn’t their strong suit.
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.
Janet Napolitano is about the most incompetent person in this administration, and that’s saying something. The majority are incompetent, including the POTUS!
“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.”
but yet, the claims that the border is secure keep being spewed!
“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 rural areas.”
But in his next statement referring to Nogales:
“In my 45 years in law enforcement I have never seen it more secure than it is now,” Estrada said.
Yeah…because there is a major presence of Border Patrol agents, and vehicles. However….
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 towers.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to increase the number of agents in the rural areas? And how about that fence? Add to it a few gun turrets…every 20 yards or so! The Constitution states quite plainly that it is the job of the federal government to keep the citizens safe. Wouldn’t it be nice if they had been doing their job? How many citizens would still be alive if they had?