Great news: Feds have quietly given up on measuring border security

posted at 2:01 pm on March 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

This will be spun by the Gang of Eight, of course, as evidence that their bill is needed now more than ever to force DHS to get serious about the border. In reality, it’s evidence that no matter how many promises Congress makes about border security, there’s no reason to believe they’re committed to maximizing enforcement.

I was undecided yesterday but now I’m formally prepared to endorse the libertarian position on immigration. “Open borders: At least it’s honest.”

More than two years after Homeland Security officials told Congress that they would produce new, more accurate standards to assess security at the nation’s borders, senior officials from the department acknowledged this week that they had not completed the new measurements and were not likely to in coming months, as the debate proceeds about overhauling the immigration system.

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers were taken aback at a hearing on Wednesday in the House of Representatives when Mark Borkowski, a senior Homeland Security official, said he had no progress to report on a broad measure of border conditions the department had been working on since 2010. The lawmakers warned that failure by the Obama administration to devise a reliable method of border evaluation could imperil passage of immigration legislation…

“We need to have a measurement,” Senator John McCain of Arizona insisted at a hearing in the Senate last week.

“We need to assure the American people that we have effective control of the border and we have made advances to achieve that,” he said. “I need to have something to assure people they are not going to live in fear.”

You know things are bad when even McCain’s frustrated with the lack of oversight, although in fairness that’s just because he’s eager for a fig leaf to show border hawks so that they’ll sign off on legalization. Byron York has more from the hearing:

Miller appeared stunned and practically begged Borkowski, along with two other Homeland Security officials who were testifying, to tell her what she wanted to hear. “I’m just trying to let this all digest,” she said. “We’re sort of sitting here, as a Congress … At what point will you be able to give us something?”

She never got an answer.

Even Democrats who oppose tying immigration reform to border security realized they were being played. “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.”

Rep. Ron Barber, the Democrat who replaced Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, noted, “The Border Patrol rolled out last May a new strategy that didn’t have goals, didn’t have metrics, didn’t have a process for evaluation. That’s not really a plan, is it?”

Follow the link for a quick and dirty history of laws passed by Congress over the past 15 years aimed at strengthening the feds’ ability to track immigrants who illegally overstayed their work visas. Fifteen years later, Republicans like Rubio and Rand Paul who are pushing comprehensive reform assure us that this time will be different. Incidentally, Chuck Schumer claimed last night that the Gang of Eight has reached a deal on 90 percent of its new immigration bill — including the path to citizenship. Work visas have been a sticky issue from the start and reportedly were as sticky as ever as recently as yesterday, so I assume that’s what accounts for most of the remaining 10 percent. How about border security, though? Has a deal been reached yet on whether border improvements will or won’t be used as a trigger for legalizing the 11 million illegals who are already here? At this point, if I’m Schumer, I’d give Rubio and the GOP basically anything they ask for on security. DHS obviously won’t be sticklers in carrying out the law, and as we get closer to 2016 the Republicans in Congress won’t be sticklers about holding them accountable for it. It’s a fig leaf for the amnesty provisions in the bill, so what’s the harm in making the fig leaf a little bigger than it might have been? Democrats are big winners here. Give the GOP whatever they need to rubber-stamp this thing and then declare victory.


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Someone has to explain to CBC – slowly! – that once Latinos significantly surpass blacks in the number of reliable Democrat voters, the blacks’ status as “privileged minority” is as good as gone. That’ll make fine immigration opponents out of that sorry bunch.

Archivarix on March 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Yep, and brown on black racism is so inconvenient for the democratics. They just pretend it’s not there.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Someone has to explain to CBC – slowly! – that once Latinos significantly surpass blacks in the number of reliable Democrat voters, the blacks’ status as “privileged minority” is as good as gone. That’ll make fine immigration opponents out of that sorry bunch.

Opponents when it will be too late for them, probably.

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Re the ammo, my theory is that they will arm the TSA and work them into little Bammie’s wet-dream “domestic police force”. They are already moving out of airports and onto highways and train terminals.

They’ll be on state borders too, to block attempts of high income earners from fleeing blue states such as California and New York.

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

…along with all that ammunition, they better not forget a good supply of body-bags.

Another Drew on March 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM

The last thing this administration is interested in is “Border Security”.

If terrorists came in across the border and pulled another 9/11, you can bet that Napolitano would sit directly across from a Congressional Committee and say “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!”

GarandFan on March 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

And this article is exactly why long ago I proposed a two step plan to return the country to sanity.

THE PAPPY PLAN.

1. Secure the border.
Saves entitlements, reduces not only criminal crossing of the border but other crimes (DUI for example), break-ins, etc. This action alone could save the state of California from bankruptcy.

2. 10% ACROSS THE BOARD federal spending cuts.
All departments, and I don’t mean a cut in the GROWTH of spending, I’m talking about if the budget is $3.6 trillion, then cut it for the next year by $360 billion.

The plan is simple, “fair” and balanced it would also mean that Congress and other state leaders don’t have some greater purpose in mind (for example, diluting the U.S. citizens power by flooding the country with those that will be easy to mold into “global citizens” without national ties).

PappyD61 on March 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

More than two years after Homeland Security officials told Congress that they would produce new, more accurate standards to assess security at the nation’s borders, senior officials from the department acknowledged this week that they had not completed the new measurements and were not likely to in coming months…

And they can’t figure out why we demand that the feds “Secure the Borders First!

RJL on March 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

‘OPEN BORDERS” Are you nuts???

Bullhead on March 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Two years ago my brother was hit broadside in his pickup by a car that ran not only the stop sign but from the scene. he was uninjured but his truck suffered major damage. A witness got the plate of the other driver who turned out to be a female illegal, with outstanding warrants and was uninsured. My brother had to use his own insurance to make the repairs.
He never knew the results of her arrest until today when, incredibly, he spotted her blowing through a red light on the main street in his Texas town.

I can’t comment further without using profanity, but what is the benefit of being an American citizen anymore?

Call me when the revolution starts.

sanjuro on March 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

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