It’s not the Border Patrol or Homeland Security.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has repeatedly claimed that the border is more secure than ever, but when DHS officials were pressed at a recent Homeland Security Committee hearing to demonstrate how this progress has been measured, they had no verifiable metrics to support their claims.
In fact, Napolitano has stopped using the widely accepted term of “operational control.” This was not because they had achieved it — it was precisely the opposite.
In fact, the southern border makes Chicago and Detroit look like an old folks home.
Part of the problem is that very few people actually know what the border looks like. We hear lots of talk about “the fence” and politicians like John McCain love to be seen standing in front of the fence to give you the idea that the border is fenced and secure. It’s not.
This is a fifteen foot post fence with a steel box on the top. This is a secure fence that John McCain would like to stand in front of.
That type of fence is on less than 10% of the border. What actually passes for fencing is actually a vehicle barrier.
The cute girl is five feet five and the greenery is Mexico. Welcome to what border security looks like. It’s difficult to see the footprints in the dirt on the other side of the barrier, but there are paths coming over the side of the ditch that have obviously been used thousands of times and the footprints are all headed north.
The land on the south side of the vehicle barrier, which was once a ranch owned by John Wayne, is all owned by the Mexican drug cartels for as far as you can see. This is a highway from Mexico into Arizona that illegal aliens and drugs flow over daily just like commuters into LA on Interstate 5.
You don’t hear anything about the increase in traffic that occurred once President Obama announced his plans for amnesty last year. He made the announcement on August 15 and south of Tucson, which is one of three “major” border crossing areas, Border Patrol was apprehending about 10 people per day. By October 31 that was up to 90 per day as shown on this chart from American Border Patrol.
OK Mike, the border isn’t secure, so what? Well, here’s the desert about 30 miles outside of Phoenix. These pictures were taken about a mile from both Interstate 8 and 10, the major highways in Arizona.
What you see here is trash from traffickers. The burlap and the backpacks are filled with drugs on the Mexican side of the border and loaded onto the backs of “undocumented workers” who make the trek north in search of a better life for their family. Or something. This is not an isolated site, there are literally hundreds of them along the dirt road that is within sight of Interstate 8.
Here’s what happens when the “undocumented workers” get to the drop site. See video @http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=verK_92IKjU&feature=player_embedded
Remember, Janet Napolitano thinks the border is secure. And John McCain and his Gang of Eight buddies are insisting that there won’t be any “amnesty” until Homeland Security (an oxymoron if there ever was one) certifies that the border is “secure.” My guess is that will take about a month.
Just in case you still want to think that the federal government is actually doing anything to secure the border, given the billions of dollars they’ve spent in the last few years, here is a “fence” at Naco, Arizona, sorry for the glare…
This fence is about eight feet high and is nothing but corrugated metal bolted to steel fence posts. There are any number of places where the metal has been cut with a saw or where someone has dug under it. The typical repair is a patch over the cut and large rocks in the tunnels under the fence.
Not 50 feet away from that mess sits steel posts for a 15 foot fence that would actually secure the areas. These fences are buried in six feet of concrete and have barriers on the top. These posts have been laying there for as long as anybody can remember and there is no plan to actually do anything but store them.
And while we’re talking about your tax money at work, the folks from Arizona Project who put this tour together took us by three Border Patrol offices and one highway checkpoint. There are literally hundreds of Border Patrol vehicles – all GM SUVs – parked at each location. There are more vehicles than officers to drive them. Remember that the next time you year GM is selling lots of cars.
We need to secure our border, it’s a basic function of the federal government. The immigration bill that the Gang of Eight put together in secret and is trying to ram through the US Senate will not do the job. It will leave the border open and grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
Let your Congressman and your Senators know you want the border secured before we even talk about immigration policy.