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DHS Has No Way of Measuring Border Security

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 23, 2013 @ 12:34 pm In The Point | 8 Comments

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.


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