Beltway Confidential

New Border Patrol report: Authorities stop less than half of illegal border crossings

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Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has testified before Congress that, “Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger.” But a new internal Border Patrol report shows that, “Border Patrol agents apprehended fewer than half of the foreign migrants and smugglers who had illegally crossed into a 150-square-mile stretch of southern Arizona,” according to The Los Angeles Times.

President Obama and Napolitano have both made it perfectly clear that they believe the border is already secure enough to begin giving citizenship to the millions of immigrants already in the United States illegally. And Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., has made it clear he will schedule, at most, one hearing on the Gang of Ocho’s immigration reform plan.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

A sophisticated airborne radar system developed to track Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs in Afghanistan has found a new use along the U.S. border with Mexico, where it has revealed gaps in security.

According to internal reports, Border Patrol agents used the airborne radar to help find and detain 1,874 people in the Sonora Desert between Oct. 1 and Jan. 17. But the radar system spotted an additional 1,962 people in the same area who evaded arrest and disappeared into the United States.

In contrast, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, estimated in January that the Border Patrol had caught 64% of those who illegally crossed into the Tucson sector in 2011.

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