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Dept. of Homeland Security Goal: "Catch 30% of illegal aliens; 70% go free"

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  1. NorthCarolinaLiberty

    NorthCarolinaLiberty MentalDefective

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    “The federal role is to detect and apprehend 30% of major illegal activity [at the border].”
    --Richard Stana, GAO


    A recent government report entitled Border Patrol (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09824.pdf) seems to suggest that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not as intent on securing our borders because of other priorities. The Government Accountability Office states that the goal of DHS is to apprehend just 30% of illegal aliens at the border. The report states, “…the DHS Annual Performance Report for fiscal years 2008-2010 sets a goal for detecting and apprehending about 30 percent of major illegal activity at ports of entry in 2009, indicating that 70 percent of criminals and contraband may pass through the ports and continue on interstates and major roads to the interior of the United States.” GAO spokesman Richard Stana states that this is necessary so as not to interfere with commerce and traffic. He states in a GAO presentation, “The federal role is to detect and apprehend 30% of major illegal activity [at the border].”

    This 30% DHS goal is announced in the context of an increasing number of border patrol agents: “As of June 2009, the Border Patrol had 19,354 agents nationwide, an increase of 57 percent since September 2006. Of these agents, about 88 percent (17,011) were located in the nine Border Patrol sectors along the southwest border. About 4 percent of the Border Patrol’s agents in these sectors were assigned to [internal-nonborder] traffic checkpoints, according to the Border Patrol.”

    The GAO report discusses the plans of DHS to create a permanent, internal-nonborder checkpoint in the Tucson Arizona sector, but the Border Patrol’s own statistics show that internal-nonborder checkpoints are ineffective compared to actual border checkpoints. There were 704,000 interdictions at actual border crossings in 2008; however, there were only 17,000 interdictions at internal-nonborder checkpoints. This 17,000 figure represents 2.4% of interdictions, but it took 4% of agents to accomplish this goal.

    The figures for the Tucson Arizona sector are more dismal than national figures. Actual border interdictions numbered 320,000, but internal-nonborder checkpoint interdictions numbered 1,800. This means the number of interdictions per agent at the actual border was 116, but the number of interdictions per agent at internal-nonborder checkpoints was only 8.

    The problem is further compounded because Border Patrol statistics are glaringly inaccurate: “Our analysis showed that the actual checkpoint performance results were incorrectly reported for two of the three measures in fiscal year 2007 and for one measure in fiscal year 2008. As a result, the Border Patrol incorrectly reported that it met its checkpoint performance targets for these two measures.”

    The DHS proposal for a permanent, internal-nonborder checkpoint would seem to defy common sense. Illegal aliens and smugglers simply circumvent permanent checkpoints by taking another route. No criminal is going to “check-in” at a post that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Citizens have expressed concern regarding this illegal alien circumvention because “…checkpoint operations cause illegal aliens and smugglers to attempt to circumvent the checkpoint—resulting in adverse impacts to nearby residents and communities, such as private property damage, theft, and littering. These concerns were cited most often by ranchers and residents in areas around checkpoints.”

    Border Patrol agents at the actual border also have much more authority than Border Patrol agents at internal-nonborder checkpoints: “Border Patrol agents at [actual border] checkpoints have legal authority that agents do not have when patrolling areas away from the border.”

    The permanent, internal-nonborder checkpoint proposed for the Tucson AZ sector has an estimated price tag of 25-40 million dollars. This is hardly money well spent, considering Border Patrol’s own statistics suggesting internal checkpoints do not work.

    This all leads back to the statement made by government spokesman Richard Stana, which is “The federal role is to detect and apprehend 30% of major illegal activity [at the border].” It seems that number could be greatly increased if Border Patrol agents were not wasted at internal checkpoints that don’t work.

    The Border Patrol needs to get back to the no nonsense patrolling of our borders. The floodgate is getting wider, and it is time to close it.



    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09824.pdf
    Report number 09-824, August 2009
     
  2. HKUSP45Css

    HKUSP45Css

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    Your conclusion isn't supported by the content of your post.

    The goal is to: “The federal role is to detect and apprehend 30% of major illegal activity [at the border].” and really has nothing to do with catching illegals crossing.
     

  3. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    HK is correct,

    but seriously, there is a civil liberties forum here, NCL and you two might have to get a room. :)

    :tongueout:
     
  4. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    Wow, you're annoying.

    1) Is it necessary for you to post **** in that stupid *** font?

    2) You can either post about the BP kicking ***, or you can ***** about check points, not both junior.

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  5. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    Well, it was right there for you to see in black n white...


    :supergrin:

    :thanks:




    'Drew
     
  6. Doc Holliday

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    They can operate on 30% of their budget, then...
     
  7. Glock30 Guy

    Glock30 Guy XD40

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    Tomorrow I'm gonna tell my boss I will only be doing 30% of my job. Wonder how that will go over??
     
  8. void *

    void * Dereference Me!

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    If you set yourself a goal of increasing your effectiveness compared to your effectiveness as currently measured, how would that go over?
     
  9. GlockPride

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    I would not be surprised at all to see a USBP memo stating: USBP only tasked with catching .7% of illegals and letting 99.3% go.
     
  10. Carrys

    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Well, just to be fair......................they do have all those "home grown terrorists" to go after now a days. Why go after all the potential voters of "your side", when you should be concentrating on eliminating voters for "the other side"? Politics 101.

    Like those funny commercials, even kids know when they're being "played".


    A good man has got know his limitations, right?
     
  11. HKUSP45Css

    HKUSP45Css

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    I had no idea all CBP agents were on one side of the politcal spectrum. That's going to be quite a shock to the dozen or so I know. I don't think they even knew they were involved in a huge political conspiracy.
     
  12. gunreviewonmyspace

    gunreviewonmyspace havegunwillgo

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    It is simple so you can stop crying. Too much border, too many smugglers, too few assets, and too few agents. Some of that terrain is akin to the mountains of afghanistan, and it is extremely challenging to catch people in that terrain (if you haven't heard).

    That being said, the secretary of DHS is cutting the Patrol's money, stopping the hire of new agents, and in general, hindering their ability to do what they want to do: catch bad guys.

    Maybe you should look into BP policies that restrict agents abilities to persue and capture smugglers, or the incredible lack of funding and manpower. Instead of pointing the finger at men and women who put their lives on the line day and night to protect America.
     
  13. Carrys

    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Well there you have it sir.

    Must be so then.



    Doesn't matter if the dozen or so you know have an "agenda" or not, I know a few who indeed do, but neither group are in control of the entire Dept..............now are they?