A new government study points out what the U.S. Border Security Council has been reporting for years: The U.S.-Mexico border is not secure.
According to the report of the General Accountability Office, the Border Patrol only has “operational control” of 44 percent of the southern border, and of that only 15 percent is air tight.
The GAO said that the Mexican border with Texas has the most holes, especially between Fort Hancock and Brownsville, where 70 percent to 90 percent of the state line is at the two lowest levels of protection, “monitored” and “low-level monitored.”
Of the nearly 2,000 miles separating the U.S. and Mexico, 873 are under the “operational control” of the Border Patrol.
“President Obama and his open borders-loving cronies have been saying the southern border is secure,” complains Council National Spokesman Steve LeBlanc. “This report proves that when they say that, they are flat out lying. Congress needs to get to the bottom of this and hold the Obama Administration to account. The border must be secured.”
According to the report, only 129 miles of the border are considered to be under complete control of U.S. authorities. Another 744 miles are somewhat under control. The border is over 2,000 miles long.
The report also announces that “protecting” the southern border costs taxpayers $3 billion a year. Last year, border agents caught 445,000 illegals and seized over 2.4 million pounds of marijuana.
“So, according to the government’s own figures, we spent over $20 million per mile of completely secured border,” remarks LeBlanc. “That is completely ridiculous. Our border patrol agents are doing their best but the refusal by the government to build a permanent wall along the border is the real problem. It is beyond time to get serious about this border security crisis.”
“President Obama and his open borders-loving cronies have been saying the southern border is secure,” complains Council National Spokesman Steve LeBlanc. “This report proves that when they say that, they are flat out lying.”
The GAO report comes out as violence in Mexico continues to spill across the border. Fighting between rival drug gangs is particularly acute in Juarez, Mexico, which is just across the border from El Paso, Texas. Bullets routinely fly across the border into that major American city. Yet, the federal government does very little to protect U.S. citizens.“The U.S. Border Security Council will demand that the House of Representatives hold hearings into this border disaster and examine the devastating findings of this GAO report,” promises LeBlanc.
“Here it is in black and white. The border is not even remotely close to being secure and there is no reason to believe it ever will be if the Obama Administration is allowed to continue with this charade.”