January 9, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

Agents and Aliens
Millions spent chasing people across the desert

Will the budget force DHS to do the right thing?
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Part of the SBI map -- see full size
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- January 9 
    A recent report by secureborderintel.org (SBI) shows a massive invasion across the U.S. -- Mexico border. Using verifiable methods, SBI produced a map of drug and human smuggling activities south and west of Tucson, Arizona, for the period Jan. 1 to Nov. 15, 2012. See map.
    The amazing thing about this map is that it only shows activity when the location is known. That is, of the 5,432 enforcement actions that SBI was able to document, it could only map 1,450 of them.
    Imagine what the map would look like if SBI could plot all of the enforcement activity. And, imagine what it would look like if all of the undetected smuggling activity where shown as well!
    As many as 1,000 people a day cross a 75-mile segment of the border illegally – some carrying drugs, and some carrying – who-knows-what! It is a scandal that all of this nonsense would have been stopped if the government had built the double-layered fence as prescribed in the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It would have been finished six years ago.
    I would hazard a guess that CBP is spending at least $2 million per day trying to enforce the law in this area alone. In six years that amounts to $4.35 billion. It would have cost about $225 million to build a 75-mile double-layered fence that would have stopped this nonsense. (Similar economics applies all along the border.)
    In this time of a budget crisis, shouldn't Congress demand that DHS stop wasting so much money chasing people across the southwest desert? If it doesn't want to build a fence, at the very least it could install the Sonic Barrier (AKA IDENTISEIS®) at a cost of $7.5 million and stop the intruders at the border.

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