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(Washington, D.C. March 26, 2010) In their latest effort to set the stage for a massive illegal alien amnesty, the Obama administration claims that it has made "significant progress in securing the U.S.-Mexico border." This declaration of significant progress by the Department of Homeland Security marks the one year anniversary of the administration's Border Security Initiative, a program that they have targeted for a nearly 30 percent funding cut in the proposed FY 2011 budget.
To support their assertion of progress along the southern border, DHS cites increases in drug seizures and other contraband over the past year. But what the press release neglects to mention is that by DHS's own estimation it maintains "effective control" over just 894 miles out of a total of 8,607 miles of land and sea borders. Moreover, the department's stated goal for the current fiscal year is the same 894 miles of "effective control."
DHS's claim follows closely on the heels of the department's decision to scrap plans for a "virtual fence" that was supposed to augment 700 miles of physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. And while taking credit for expansion of Border Patrol manpower — nearly all of which occurred before the current administration took office — the DHS release makes no mention of the fact that 180 Border Patrol positions are slated to be eliminated in the 2011 budget.
"Unfortunately, what the American people are getting is a lot of posturing and empty rhetoric, not meaningful security along our borders," said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "The Obama administration has a dismal record of dismantling this nation's immigration enforcement capability at the border and in the interior of the country.
In one of the most ironic claims ever made by any U.S. government agency, DHS says that is has "begun screening 100 percent of...rail shipments for illegal weapons, drugs and cash." Unfortunately, that 100 percent screening record applies to rail shipments leaving the United States and entering Mexico, not the other way around.
"The Obama administration's record of securing our borders has been feeble, at best, and not nearly commensurate with the real security threats posed by current situation in Mexico," charged Stein. "Even as it is becoming more difficult to determine who is actually in control in Mexico — the government or the warring drug cartels — the Obama administration continues to weaken our defenses, promote amnesty and open borders, all the while telling the American people that they are making progress.
"In reality, the situation along our borders is more dangerous than ever and the unilateral policies of this administration as it pursues its political goal of amnesty for illegal aliens are increasing the risks to this country," Stein concluded