No Attempt to Measure Border Security Since Obama Ascended: None Coming – Obama Wants No Hurdles to Citizenship

Lawless, treasonous, more of it. I just saw an interview by Fox News’ Jenna Lee with Byron York. When Janet Napolitano said our borders were more secure than they have ever been, knew they were not, and now know concretely, she pulled her convenient little fact out some dark hole. When the Obama administration ascended, they did away with the mechanism we had used for a number of years to evaluate border safety. Janet Napolitano said the old method was “archaic,” and a new index, the Border Condition Condition (BCI) was coming that would do a much better job. The BCI has not become reality all these years later. The U.S. House Border Security subcommittee learned last week that if ,and when, the BCI is finally ready, it might do some things, but one of the things it will not do is measure border security. York said a “fiasco” ensured. He also said the Obama administration does not want a method to evaluate border security (see that in green text below).


Byron York

Byron York

A glimpse of the future came Wednesday when the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a little-noticed hearing titled “Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security.”…

But how do you measure border security? For years, the government estimated the number of miles of the border that were under “operational control” and came up with various ways to define what that meant.

Then the Department of Homeland Security threw out the concept of operational control, which Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called “archaic.” The administration promised to create something called the Border Condition Index, or BCI, which would be a “holistic,” and a far better measure of border security.

Time passed, with no BCI. “Nearly three years later, the department has not produced this measure, so at this hearing, we will be asking for a status of the BCI, what measures it will take into account and when it might be ready,” subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Candice Miller, a Republican, said before Wednesday’s testimony. Getting BCI up and running is particularly important now, Miller added, because comprehensive immigration reform cannot happen without a reliable way to assess border security.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Mark Borkowski, a top Homeland Security technology official, told Miller that not only was BCI not ready, but that it won’t measure border security and was never meant to.

“I don’t believe that we intend, at least at this point, that the BCI would be a tool for the measurement that you’re suggesting,” Borkowski told Miller. “The BCI is part of a set of information that advises us on where we are and, most importantly, what the trends are … It is not our intent, at least not immediately, that it would be the measure you are talking about.”

Miller appeared stunned and practically begged Borkowski, along with two other Homeland Security officials who were testifying, to tell her what she wanted to hear. “I’m just trying to let this all digest,” she said. “We’re sort of sitting here, as a Congress … At what point will you be able to give us something?”

She never got an answer. Source: Byron York, Washington Examiner, March 21, 2013

From York’s article one day later:

[Rep. Michael] McCaul and his GOP allies face an uphill battle.  The New York Times reports that, “Obama administration officials said on Thursday that they had resisted producing a single measure to assess the border because the president did not want any hurdles placed on the pathway to eventual citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.”  If that is the case, the president himself appears determined to resist any effort to measure border security, and Republicans will have a real fight on their hands trying to force him to change.

If any one Republican agrees to any immigration plan until a worthy fence is built on every foot of ground capable of holiding a worthy fence and cameras, and placing worthy cameras (not junk as they have been in the past – and I’ll support heat seeking missiles as well), where a fence cannot be, along with sufficient border patrol – that Republican should lose his/her seat. Senator Paul, who do you trust to verify border security? Janet Napolitano, John Morton, a Democrat-controlled Senate, and as someone on Twitter mentioned, border state governors? We know how that worked out for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

  • Ray

    Closing the border is so simple it’s no wonder that the politicians on both sides of the isle seems to have overlooked it — Yet it can be accomplished in a way that is simple, effective, and efficient

    It could be done in a few months, at a low cost, and could be maintained without adding any extra payroll.

    But are they really overlooking it? Ron Paul seems to favor a five year plan to close the border. Recently on Fox News he admitted that he wanted to get the support of the Governors and and border control officials first.

    Do you suppose that keeping the border control an issue would keep the spotlight on him? And recruiting high profile personalities to support him would bring him votes.

    So! Do they really want to close the border? It can be secured in months. Guaranteed.