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BP Agents Told to Stop Making Illegal Immigrant Arrests

BP Agents Told to Stop Making Illegal Immigrant Arrests

A United States border patrol agent catches an illegal immigrant crossing from Mexico to the U.S. in San Ysidro, California, April 13, 2011. [AP]

Associated Press

April 27, 2011

Both sheriffs are elected officials. Dever is a Republican, Estrada, a Democrat.

Others have questioned the methodology and conclusions of the Homeland Security numbers showing the border is more secure.

Mark Hanna, CEO of Real Life Enterprises, a Phoenix-based technology integration and security company, has testified before the Arizona Senate about what he called Homeland Security’s flawed methodology used to compile border security statistics. Hanna maintains the numbers are dangerously misleading.

Hanna, who is currently working on a private/public partnership pilot program along the Arizona border, said he attended a February conference at which Michael Fisher, chief of the United States Border Patrol, and Mark S. Borkowski, assistant commissioner for technology and innovation acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, showed off charts indicating arrests were decreasing and argued the border was more secure. The charts also showed an increase in marijuana seizures along the border and an increase in Border Patrol agents.

But those charts left out crucial data, Hanna said.

“Since we don’t know how many illegal crossings are occurring, then a decrease in apprehensions might mean that there are fewer illegal crossings, and the border is more secure. But it could also just as easily mean that more illegal border crossings are occurring, and we’re just not catching as many. In order to know how secure the border is, you need to know how many are crossing and the threat level of those who are crossing illegally," he said.

“It is a very dangerous condition for the secretary of Homeland Security to be using incomplete data to form such a conclusion, and then repeatedly announce these conclusions as fact,” he said.

The Department of Homeland Security did not return repeated requests for comment on Hanna’s specific challenges to the agency’s methodology.

Whatever the methodology, Dever said the numbers don’t accurately describe what’s happening on the ground.

“We do not know who’s crossing that border, but that anyone who wants to can. That’s the message our nation needs to hear, that anyone who wants to can, and is. And our own Department of Homeland Security does not have clear definition of what securing the border even means," Dever said.

“People are disgusted, the smiles are gone off their face, their general sense of welfare been taken away from them and until that’s returned you can throw all the numbers on the board. … I’ll tell Napolitano, in spite of all of your declarations and efforts to the contrary, things are not safe. No, they are not secure.

“You can use your numbers to say it’s more secure, but it does not define a sense of safety or well-being. You can say it’s more secure, but it’s more dangerous than ever.”

  • Image009_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I believe professional tac's shouldn't be let out into the public. The sheriff may have let this one out the bag.
    Not good because it goes without sayn that people take advantage of that and use it as heads up....

  • Srt_picture_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is true! I have a good friend who is a high ranking Border Patrol Agent and he said that it has gotten so bad in Arizona, that he is ashamed of the agency he once loved. He is trying to transfer to another agency under DHS and get out of Border Enforcement. He said that in all of his 20 something years, he has never seen such total disregard for our border security under the current administration. He finds it hard to movtivate his agents to feel like they are making a difference when he has to encourage them to not do their job!

  • 3099553-3-freedom-isnt-free_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Janet from another planet lies! The American taxpayers of all religions, race, color, and political affiliation want our borders secure, and an end to foreign nationals abusing our constitution with anchor babies. President Obama’s constant dribble on amnesty to reward lawbreakers gives him ZERO chance of re-election.

  • Academyrun_014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am from Nevada and not a day goes by where I don't run accross someone in this country illegally. I can not imagine what those border towns are like. I would have to imagine that the information from Sheriff Dever is much more accurate than the politician in Washington. He has boots on the ground and sees it everyday.

  • 014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My Son is down there working to keep the border safe and has to sit on his hands more often than not... It's crap when they say it's safer then ever... Oh yea-they are in DC saying that...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    The end result is to kill each one of them and leave them in the middle of the street like they do in Mexico. That way you can scare the ones still alive back across the border.
    No security walls and only 15 cents per bullet.

  • 100_0214_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Makes sense to me. Less arrests means lower stats- thus there must be less people crossing the border?!?! Good for him- tell the truth.

  • Skull_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I believe it.

  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    just what we need....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    The only part about it I don't like is if they are doing it to fudge the numbers. Otherwise, I don't see what is so wrong with the idea. I'm sure it would cut down on the expense of housing the illegals and then having to ship them back.

  • Wings_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Platoo...inappropriate comment for, I can't believe you are in law enforcement. This is no doubt a frustrating issue. It has been a slippery slope situation for years and now all their talking, posturing and shell gaming is costing us billions of dollars. It is eroding the actual safety, welfare and happiness of those near the border. Everywhere else it is causing strife because of our lack of ability to pin down the problem and the disagreements that this sparks about what the solution is. Whatever the solution is, WE ALL KNOW that there is a problem, especially those of us in the bordering states.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    The entire Obama administration needs to be removed, they are the biggest threat America faces.. .

  • Mandy_and_me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Nepatilano needs to be fired or resign

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Oh yeah, lets just open our doors to every illegal Immigrant who wants to come into our country. In fact we should make a big dinner and have them all come to the party, but before the party starts we need to spike the food so none survive to tread on thee.

  • Troy-polamalu_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So frustrating........

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