Border-This Year or Next
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
( CNSNews.com )- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released a
budget document on Monday that indicates that the Department of Homeland
Security does not intend to put a single additional mile of the U.S. border
under "effective control" in either fiscal year 2011 or 2012.
According to Napolitano's budget plan, the Border Patrol had 1,007 miles of
the U.S. border under "effective control" at the end of fiscal year 2010,
and DHS aims to stick with exactly that number through this year and next.
The 3311-page document released by Napolitano--"Congressiona l Budget
Justification: FY 2012"--also says DHS does not intend to add a single
additional Border Patrolmen in fiscal year 2012, after adding 859 this year.
Nor, the document says, does DHS intend to deploy a single additional Border
Patrol agent to either the U.S.-Mexico or U.S.-Canada border in fiscal year
2012, capping Border Patrol deployments at the two borders at this year's
DHS declares it has established "effective control" of a mile of the U.S.
border "when the appropriate mix of personnel, equipment, technology and
tactical infrastructure has been deployed to reasonably ensure that when an
attempted illegal entry is detected, the Border Patrol has the ability to
identify, classify and respond to bring the attempted illegal entry to a
satisfactory law enforcement resolution."
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a subdivision of DHS, is responsible
for securing 8,607 miles of U.S. border, including the 1,994-mile-long
U.S.-Mexico border, the approximately 4,000-mile-long U.S.-Canada border,
and sections of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.
According to DHS budget justification released Monday, CBP currently has
only 1,007 of the 8,607 miles of border it is responsible for under