DHS Has No Way of Measuring Border Security

It’s a good thing that the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have any responsibilities related to border security or we would be in a fine pickle right now.

For years, the government estimated the number of miles of the border that were under “operational control” and came up with various ways to define what that meant.

Then the Department of Homeland Security threw out the concept of operational control, which Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called “archaic.” The administration promised to create something called the Border Condition Index, or BCI, which would be a “holistic,” and a far better measure of border security.

Time passed, with no BCI. “Nearly three years later, the department has not produced this measure, so at this hearing, we will be asking for a status of the BCI, what measures it will take into account and when it might be ready,” subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Candice Miller, a Republican, said before Wednesday’s testimony. Getting BCI up and running is particularly important now, Miller added, because comprehensive immigration reform cannot happen without a reliable way to assess border security.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Mark Borkowski, a top Homeland Security technology official, told Miller that not only was BCI not ready, but that it won’t measure border security and was never meant to.

“I don’t believe that we intend, at least at this point, that the BCI would be a tool for the measurement that you’re suggesting,” Borkowski told Miller. “The BCI is part of a set of information that advises us on where we are and, most importantly, what the trends are … It is not our intent, at least not immediately, that it would be the measure you are talking about.”

But don’t worry, I’m sure BCI will be up and running in time for any Comprehensive Immigration Reform / Amnesty measure is in. And by “running”, I mean that it will consist of numbers every bit as legitimate as the ones that Obama uses to claim that he cut the national debt and as Warmists use to claim that the planet is boiling over.

 “I would say to the department, you’ve got to get in the game,” said a frustrated-sounding Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. “At some point, we’re going to have to have DHS work with us more concretely about the confidence of the security of the border.”

…when you’ve lost Sheila Jackson-Lee, then you’ve lost North Vietnam and Mars combined.

Border security is a sham. Securing the border would be doable, but not with current tactics and methods. Securing the border means barring passage, not working on catching a fraction of border crossers.

Operational control means controlling what goes in and out. Until we have total operational control, then we don’t have a secure border.

  • Edward Cline

    Me thinks that all the hemming and hawing of the DHS means that Napolitano and Company don't want border security. They want to see the country overrun by invading hordes in order to secure for the Democrats another four years of suicide. There's a malign motive behind all that feigned ignorance and helplessness.

  • Alert

    The strategy is clear:
    Leave borders open for illegals, who will be protected by Napolitano, Holder an Hussein. Resist voted identification, full scale voter fraud and wallah Democrats win!
    So what if legal, hard-working, tax-paying Americans are looted, raped and murdered, not to mention Islamic terrorists walking into US, attack legal, hard-working, tax-paying Americans, a la 9/11. Nothing matters as long as votes roll in; BTW, LA RAZA, MALDEF, ACLU and illegals know the game-plan. Tax-paying Americans are too busy putting food on the table an paying taxes to see the game-plan!
    Game over, attack legal, hard-working, tax-paying Americans!

    • Cat K

      Well, many see it but what on earth are we to do about it!? There are no politicians who will admit to what we face not to mention stand up for us. &There's nowhere to run to. Canada? Maybe. But it is complicated (financially, etc.) to leave the country. But, the longer we stay here the more we are ripped off and threatened.

  • Forums4Justice

    South Texas is under siege by increasing numbers of illegal immigrants, on the proposed amnesty, in the Rio Grande, Laredo, and Del Rio BP Sectors.

    Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Monthly Apprehensions
    FY2013–(+49% increase above the first 3 months of FY2012)
    FY2012–97,762 +65%

    Laredo Border Patrol Sector Monthly Apprehensions
    FY2013–(+35% increase above the first 3 months of FY2012)
    FY2012–44,872 +24%

    Del Rio Border Patrol Sector Monthly Apprehensions
    FY2013– (+32% increase above the first 3 months of FY2012)
    FY2012–21,720 +35%

    Tucson Border Patrol Sector Monthly Apprehensions
    FY2013–(+9% increase above the first 3 months FY2012}

    • StopStreamlineNow

      All of the above are making a travesty of justice with what they call "Operation Streamline." It's supposed to be a big deterrent to those thinking of coming here illegally. It's not. The steady stream of people crossing the border without papers has not even stopped to read the news about Streamline. Instead, in Tucson Sector alone, we're spending between $10,000 and $15,000 taxpayer dollars every weekday in "proceedings" and last year over $100 million to house and care for the convicted illegal border crossers in federal and contract prisons! That is taxpayer money that could be used for the care of Americans, reducing the deficit, or even – gasp! – given back to us in a stimulus or better yet a real tax cut! Tell your elected officials to stop wasting taxpayers hard-earned money and just deport them!

      • Forums4Justice

        Operation is worth every penny of its cost, and if anything, it should be expanded to all nine Southwest border Border Patrol Sectors The only changes that should be made is that detained illegals should be put to work, in chain gangs, helping to secure the border

        Operation Streamline was initiated in the Yuma Sector on December 4, 2006 –there was an immediate and continuing drop off in the number of illegal immigrant apprehensions, indicating a marked decrease in the number of illegals attempting entry in that sector.

        Operation Streamline was initiated in the Tucson Sector in January, 2008 and resulted in a marked, and continuing decrease in apprehensions, again indicating fewer illegals attempting entry through that sector.

        Operation Streamline was initiated in the Del Rio Sector on December 5, 2005 and resulted in a marked, and continuing decrease in apprehensions, again indicating fewer illegals attempting entry through that sector.

        Operation Streamline was initiated in the Laredo Sector on October 30, 2007 and resulted in a marked, and continuing decrease in apprehensions, again indicating fewer illegals attempting entry through that sector.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    DHS has ZERO interest in measuring border security, never mind this or that graph chart. It is a whole lot of hooey and phooey. In fact, "mama Janet" is way too busy monitoring patriotic folks, and anyone who fits their milieu. This is no joke – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/12/the-increasin

    Actually, the Pyromaniac-in-Chief is more than pleased to set the borders alight, after all, he used the sequester (his own idea!) to mandate the release of illegal felons. Hence, what is this nonsense about border security?

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

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