Report: 90% of U.S. Border Unsecured
October 19, 2009
recently released Department of Homeland Securityís Annual
Performance Report suggests the government effectively controls
only 894 miles out of 8,607 miles of Americaís land borders, , which
is a bit more than 10 percent. The report reveals how little control
the United States actually has over its land and sea borders,
despite the 9/11 Commissionís report citing uncontrolled borders as
a threat to homeland security.
"Discontinuing further expansion of border protection is a dismaying example of the governmentís continuing disregard for the security of the nation," charged Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "The federal government must set meaningful standards for securing our borders Ö and devote the resources and manpower necessary to keep our nation safe and achieve dramatic reduction in illegal immigration," he adds.
The DHS Annual Performance Report bolsters the case against the Obama administrationís ill-conceived plans to promote an illegal alien amnesty in 2010, argues FAIR. Both the administration and its congressional allies have vowed that amnesty would be predicated on having our borders under control.
"Effective control of 10 percent of the border is no mark of success and is not justification for this administration and congressional leaders to proceed with a massive illegal alien amnesty. The fact that DHS has no intention of improving that dismal performance is an example of gross malfeasance," said Stein.
month, FAIR has also criticized the administration and congressional
leaders for their failure to permanently reauthorize the E-Verify
program. The program is a worksite verification tool that allows
employers to voluntarily determine whether workers are legally
authorized to work in the U.S. by electronically checking their
Social Security numbers.
"Itís easy to succeed when the bar is set low and you are grading your own performance. Unfortunately, the threats to the nation are grave and DHS is woefully unprepared and apparently unwilling to confront them," concluded Stein.