If at First You Don't Succeed, Fudge the Results; Obama Rigs the Statistics to Create Appearance of Border Security

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), May 12, 2011 | Go to article overview
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If at First You Don't Succeed, Fudge the Results; Obama Rigs the Statistics to Create Appearance of Border Security


Byline: Rep. Lamar Smith, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

As the adage goes, If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. But according to the Obama administration, if at first you don't succeed, manipulate the results. This especially applies to its border security plan.

During a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled plans to develop a border security index to measure enforcement progress along the southwestern border.

According to Miss Napolitano, the border security index will include crime, immigration and economic data. She thinks this new test will produce a passing grade for the administration and back their claims that the border is more secure than ever.

Among their repeated talking points, administration officials claim the border is secure because deportations are up and apprehensions are down. But it appears they have inflated their professed border security achievements.

The Obama administration used questionable methods to achieve the record deportation numbers.

In fact, DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) included more than 19,000 immigrants who had exited the previous fiscal year. ICE also continued operation of a Mexican repatriation program five weeks longer than it had done previously, allowing the agency to count at least 6,500 exits that otherwise would not have been included. ICE also used voluntary return to bolster deportation numbers, but this is not removal because it does not subject an illegal immigrant to penalties for returning to the United States.

Another media report highlights allegations by some local law enforcement and Border Patrol agents that they have been ordered to stop apprehending illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Based on its report card, the Obama administration's new border security index will be nothing short of manipulated facts and figures toprovide an excuse to say the border is secure. But if the border security index were based on fact rather than fiction, it would be better named an Insecurity Index.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), of the nearly 2,000 miles separating the United States and Mexico, just 44 percent are under the operational control of the Border Patrol and just 15 percent are under full control.

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