Two weeks ago my wife and I were honored to be guests of Project Arizona’s border security tour. We left Phoenix and traveled to the border with Mexico and we had an opportunity to see what’s really going on at our southern border.
We had the opportunity to see firsthand the trail north that Mexican illegal aliens take into the US. We met law enforcement officials including the Sheriff of Cochise County and current and retired Border Patrol officers who deal with the flood on a daily basis. We also got to see “The Fence” or what passes for the fence.
I’ve documented our trip with posts over the past week and if you missed them you can catch up here:
- Raping Arizona…
- SB 1070 – Enforcing the law when the Feds won’t…
- Who controls the border?
- Build the dang fence…
- What about those numbers?
Today, we’re going to take a look at what it’s like on the law enforcement side of things. What it’s like to be a Border Patrol Agent and I’ll get to the bottom line right now. Agents of the US Border Patrol do a phenomenal job under impossible circumstances, they are among the best of the best. The problem with the Border Patrol is not the folks with boots on the ground it’s their bosses in Washington DC.
If you’re not familiar with the picture, it’s BP Agent Brian Terry who was murdered in the Arizona desert by Mexican drug runners using guns supplied by US Attorney General Eric Holder and the ATF with operation Fast & Furious. Holder still refuses to release information about that operation, and I am noting that because it’s typical of the circumstance that the BP Agents find themselves. We are supposedly at war with the drug cartels and BP Agents often find that their bosses are also at war with them.
We’ve documented how “the fence” that the Department of Homeland Security and the Gang of Eight (Go8) are so loquacious about actually only covers a few miles of a 2,000+ mile border with Mexico. The US border is actually either wide open with no fence, has a rickety corrugated metal “wall” that a 10 year old could go over or under without breaking a sweat in July or has a vehicle barrier that you could simply step over.
We’ve documented how the Department of Homeland Security claims border crossing is down because the number of people they’re catching is down. We’ve also documented that by DHS’s own study the number of illegal aliens that are caught by the Border Patrol is not the 50% range that DHS and Go8 but rather, based on drone over flights of the Tucson border area – one of the three recognized “hot spots” – the actual number caught is 6% and that raises the “estimates” of the numbers of illegal aliens by a factor of 10.
One of the major problems, and DHS even admitted this before a Senate committee, is that they have no way to accurately count the number of illegals attempting to cross. We’re dealing with this issue tomorrow.
Today we’re going to look at just two examples of the work environment that DHS has created in the Border Patrol. You can decide for yourself whether, as Janet Napolitano insists, the border is secure.
Fox News broke a story last year about a policy that DHS handed down to the Border Patrol. Keep in mind that the route north is used by violent drug cartels to move an endless supply of drugs into the US. The region AT the border is very desolate desert and is an easy place to hide but not far north of the border are cities and towns that bear the brunt of illegals who get through the first line of security.
Border Patrol agents in Arizona are blasting their bosses for telling them, along with all other Department of Homeland Security employees, to run and hide if they encounter an “active shooter.”
It’s one thing to tell civilian employees to cower under a desk if a gunman starts spraying fire in a confined area, say members of Tucson Local 2544/National Border Patrol Council, but to give armed law enforcement professionals the same advice is downright insulting. The instructions from DHS come in the form of pamphlets and a mandatory computer tutorial.
“We are now taught in an ‘Active Shooter’ course that if we encounter a shooter in a public place we are to ‘run away’ and ‘hide’” union leader Brandon Judd wrote on the website of 3,300-member union local. “If we are cornered by such a shooter we are to (only as a last resort) become ‘aggressive’ and ‘throw things’ at him or her. We are then advised to ‘call law enforcement’ and wait for their arrival (presumably, while more innocent victims are slaughtered).”
This is a policy handed down to the law enforcement officers at the US Border Patrol. Feel safe yet? Just think how you’d feel if you lived in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Finally, here’s a statement that I got from one of the agents we met in Sierra Vista. I’m withholding his name to protect him from retribution.
After 9-11, I worked in the Intel office at San Diego Sector for about a year and 9 months. Besides the extensive training from the CIA and DEA. I learned the important skill of interpretation of Border Patrol Statistics. Basically it goes like this:
- Apprehensions are up. It’s working.
- Apprehensions are down. It’s working
- (you have to have the special training)
So this hopefully somewhat funny illustration points out 2 fundamental causes of failure of Border Security:
- Spending money on technology for the sake of technology. Throwing money at the problem, so a politician can say they did something about it.
- Using the wrong measures of effectiveness for the mission.
The bottom line for the Border Patrol Agents on the ground is that DHS doesn’t give a damn about securing the border. The administration doesn’t give a damn about securing the border. The Congress doesn’t give a damn about securing the border.
They all care about being able to make statements that make it look like they care and being able to quote statistics (never let a statistician balance your checkbook) that will make you think the border is secure and you are safe.
Again from the agent,
This is the border security measurement [redacted]that pro amnesty supporters fail to acknowledge. Their faulty logic goes something like this: Since we can’t accurately count the number of illegal aliens in the country, let’s give them amnesty.
I can’t say it any better.
Call your Senators and your Representative today. Please contact your friends and let them know what’s really happening at the border with Mexico. Ask them to make a call as well. We’ve made it easy for you, click below and you can get your representative’s numbers and you can send them a fax letting them know that you want Security First!
Lives are hanging in the balance.
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