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Posted on 02/09/2011 5:29:20 PM PST by jazusamo
Complete title: Border Patrol Data Contradicts Napolitano's Testimony That U.S. Has 'Effective Control of the Great Majority' of Both Northern and Southern Borders
(CNSNews.com) -- Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, contradicts testimony that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave the House Homeland Security Commmittee on Wednesday in which she said that the U.S. government had secured effective control of the great majority of the both the northern and southern borders.
According to the data that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has provided to CNSNews.com, as of Sept. 30, 2010 (the end of fiscal year 2010), the U.S. government had established effective control of only about 44 percent (873 miles) of the 1,994-mile-long southwest border and only about 2 percent (69 miles) of the approximately 4,000 mile-long northern border.
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Border miles under effective control is a metric the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses in its annual performance reports to measure the success of the Border Patrol.
As defined by DHS, a mile of the border is under the effective control of the government 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.
In other words, a border mile under effective control is a place on the border where the U.S. government can be reasonably expected to intercept an illegal crosser.
Despite the CBP data showing that as of Sept. 30, 2010 only 44 percent of the U.S. Mexico border and only 2 percent of the U.S.-Canada border was under effective control, Napolitano told the House Homeland Security panel on Wednesday: Well, I think in terms of manpower, technology, infrastructure, we have effective control over the great majority of both borders particularly at the ports and then we are using manpower and new technology to help us between the ports.
It is a project that is never-ending, Napolitano told the committee. We are relentless in it. We recognize that when you are a country as large as ours with the kind of land borders we have that youre never going to seal those borders. That is an unrealistic expectation.
But I would say my top priority in terms of effective control is the Tucson sector of the southwest border, she said.
Napolitanos comments were in response to a question from Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), whose district lies on the border, who asked her to provide the percentage of both of the U.S. land borders that the U.S. government had under control.
After Napolitano's testimony, CBP and DHS did not return calls from CNSNews.com seeking comment on the contrast between Napolitanos claim to the congressional committee that the government had "effective control over the great majority of both borders" and CBPs assessment that as of Sept. 30, the government had effective control over only 44 percent of the southern border and 2 percent of the northern.
The Border Patrol, a division of the CBP, is responsible for securing a total of 8,607 miles of the U.S. border. This includes all 1,994 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, approximately 4,000 miles of the U.S.-Canada border, plus sectors of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Last October, a CBP spokesperson told CNSNews.com that as of Sept. 30, 2010, Border Patrol, had established effective control over 1,107 miles (about 13 percent) of the 8,607 miles it is responsible for securing.
Among the 1,107 miles under effective control, 69 miles are on the U.S.-Canada border, 165 miles are in the coastal sectors covered by the Border Patrol, and 873 are on the U.S.-Mexico border.
That means the U.S. government did not have effective control of about 56 percent percent of the 1,994-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border or about 98 percent of the approximately 4,000-mile-long northern border.
When CNSNews.com asked Rep. Farenthold if he agreed with Napolitano that the majority of both U.S. borders was under effective control, he expressed doubt.
I think that if we had effective control of both borders we wouldnt see the level of drugs getting in this country that we do, the border congressman told CNSNews.com. So, Id say we dont have the level of control that we need to have both in fighting the war on drugs and the war on terror.
Its hard to believe you have control of the borders when you see the proliferation of drugs in this country, he added. Its clear that there are good paths to get drugs into this country and my fear is that those same paths can be exploited by terrorists to bring people and the tools of terrorism into this country. So its an ongoing effort. I think they think theyve got the best level of control they can, but its something that can always be improved.
"U.S. Has 'Effective Control of the Great Majority' of Both Northern and Southern Borders"
What does "effective control" mean -- no control at all?
I think they said “effective control” is the ability to apprehend crossers per mile, something like that. Her own BP says they only have that ability on 44% of the Mexican border.
Besides, I don't want just "effective control" over our borders. With the threats we face today from Mexican drug cartels and radical Islam, I want total, positive control over every foot of our border.