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Measuring Border Security a Perplexing Issue
Will the GAO recommend Spencer's plan?
Arizona Republic -- Phoenix -- March 4   
Judging border security: How much authority will watchdogs have?
"We have to agree on criteria..."
    A bipartisan group of senators collaborating on comprehensive immigration-reform legislation has not come to terms on a proposed commission to scrutinize border security. It's a potential sticking point between Democrats inclined to limit the panel to an advisory role and Republicans who want it to have meaningful authority.
    The group, which would be composed of governors, attorneys general and other "community leaders living along the Southwest border," would gauge border-security progress and make a recommendation when it was satisfied that the legislation's security provisions were in effect. [...]
    "You've got to be careful about that, which is why I think it's important to have some metrics as to what they could look at from a statistical standpoint that would ensure that we have effective control of the border," McCain told The Republic. "We're looking to the administration to give us some recommendations there, and we're looking to the GAO
* to give us some recommendations."
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report
 John Stana, Government Accountability Office, House Hearing -- Feb. 15, 2011
    What you have is a numerator here. We have the number of apprehensions, for example, but you don't know how many people might have been there to apprehend. How many crossers were there? When you watch a baseball game they put the batting average up and you can kind of judge how many hits you got for so many at bats. Here you are just getting the number of hits.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Senate Hearing -- Feb. 17, 2011
    We have to agree on certain criteria on what is successful securing of our border. Watch
*GAO Has Plan
   On Jan. 28 Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol personally handed a copy of his plan to solve the border problem to Rebecca Gambler, GAO's border expert. It includes a way to determine the Border Patrol's batting average.

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