Here’s Senator John McCain BEFORE his last election.

Since then… Crickets

We’ve all heard about how “border security” is included in the latest amnesty bill that McCain and the Gang of Eight are pushing.  Let’s be clear about security, a fence is critical to stopping the flow of illegal aliens and drugs.  Yesterday, we looked at pictures of what passes for “fence” on the border between Mexico and Arizona.  A real fence looks like this, it’s 15 feet high buried in six feet of concrete, is made of steel posts and has a cap on the top to deter climbers.

15 Ft Border Fence

Actually, this type of fence occupies just a few paltry miles of the border and it works quite well in those few paltry miles.  What actually passes for “fence” when the politicians talk about it looks more like this, minus the cute girl who is about five foot five.

Vehicle Barrier

As you might guess, this one might keep an SUV out of the country but it doesn’t even begin to slow down somebody on foot even if they’re carrying a backpack with eighty pounds of drugs.

Add to that outrage the fact that huge sections of the border don’t even have that.  There’s at least one Indian tribe that has land on the border and because they’re a “sovereign nation” they don’t allow the US government to erect a barrier.  Then there are some areas that are controlled by the US Department of the Interior and for environmental reasons no barriers are allowed.  As a matter of fact the US Border Patrol is not even allowed to patrol those areas without permission from Interior 30 days in advance.

But never fear, Janet Napolitano, who will be the person the proposed legislation allows to declare the border is secure, has assured us border security has never been better

“Now, I often hear the argument that before reform can move forward, we must first secure our borders. But too often, the border-security-first refrain simply serves as an excuse for failing to address the underlying problems,” Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee today at a hearing on immigration.

“It also ignores the significant progress and efforts that we have undertaken over the past four years. Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger.”…

She said the results of 1986 amnesty wouldn’t happen again because “immigration enforcement now is light years away from what it was.”

“I think in 1986 there were a couple of miles of fence along the entire southern border and it was basically chain-link fence,”

I don’t think I need to comment much on the rank stupidity of those claims, the pictures above pretty well deconstruct them.

The Gang of Eight is also assuring us that they’ve built a clause into the legislation that requires that 90% of border crossers are apprehended before amnesty is doled out.  Well, they got gamed because there is actually no link between amnesty and border security, the legislation treats them as mutually exclusive.  And as to assurances that “…enforcement is light years away from what it was…” we’ve got some new data.

The U.S. Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The border crossers were spotted with a new, all-seeing radar system developed for use in the Afghanistan War and patrolling above the U.S.-Mexico border in parts of Arizona since March 2012. The system can reveal every man, woman and child under its gaze from a height of about 25,000 feet.

Between October and December, records show, the remotely operated aircraft detected 7,333 border crossers during its Arizona missions. Border Patrol agents, however, reported 410 apprehensions during that time, according to an internal agency report. The sensor was credited with providing surveillance that led to 52 arrests and 15,135 pounds of seized marijuana.

I have an engineering degree from a top university.  I learned how to do math but this problem really only requires 2nd grade arithmetic.  Or in today’s schools, maybe high school arithmetic.

If I divide 410 by 7,333 (that would be number caught by number of crossers) I get 5.59%.  I’m guessing that in whatever arithmetic is in use today that 5.59% is still a whole lot less than 90%.  So, we’re a tad short of our goal.  But we’re going ahead with amnesty anyway.

I’ve got $100 I’m willing to wager on whether the government even attempts to do better than six percent.

Bottom line, we don’t have a fence on the vast majority of the border and there is no plan to build one.

Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, noted a U.S. Border Patrol study determined a fence makes sense on 653 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border and so far some sort of fencing is up on 652 of those miles.

Get the idea?  It’s way past time to contact your Senators and your Representative.  Click the button and you can get their telephone numbers and you can send them faxes.  Let them know that it’s way past time to put security first and this bill doesn’t even address security in any meaningful way.

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