Securing the Border With Smart-Aleck Semantics

Securing the Border With Smart-Aleck Semantics

May
11th, 2011

The Washington Times

President Obama made a run for the border yesterday to shore up his
credentials on the immigration issue. Speaking from Chamizal National Memorial
in El Paso, Mr. Obama defended his strategy as if it were working. “They’ll
never be satisfied,” he said, lashing out at critics. “The truth is, the
measures we’ve put in place are getting results.”

The Obama administration has cooked up a novel way to calculate what a great
job his Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been doing in stemming
the flow of aliens flooding over the border from Mexico. In March, Ms.
Napolitano stood on a bridge connecting El Paso to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and
proclaimed border security to be “better than ever.” In testimony before the
Senate Homeland Security Committee last week, Ms. Napolitano claimed that the
meaning of “operational control” of the border is “archaic” and that she intends
to devise a “more quantitative and qualitative way to reflect what actually is
occurring at the border.” She said she wants an index that would include a
measure of how many persons have been deterred from even attempting to jump the
border.

By counting these theoretical illegals – as opposed to real ones – Ms.
Napolitano’s border-security mission becomes much easier. While hundreds of
thousands actually cross over annually, compared to, say, Mexico’s entire
population of 112 million, they represent a tiny fraction. Preventing border
crossing in a computer model or a spreadsheet allows Ms. Napolitano to proclaim
“mission accomplished” without having to actually crack down in a way that would
offend left-wing open-border advocacy groups.

Ms. Napolitano’s attempt to redefine what it means to secure the U.S. border
is a brilliant example of double-speak worthy of “Big Sis.” Real numbers are far
less forgiving. In February, the Government Accountability Office reported that
the Border Patrol has only 873 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border subject
to “operational control.” The term means simply that the Border Patrol has the
capacity to deter illegal crossers and pursue them when they’re spotted. The
remaining length is mostly open for free passage. In remote regions of Arizona,
cartels have established observation posts providing intelligence to ensure safe
border transit for drug couriers.

Mr. Obama and his economic advisers do deserve some credit for discouraging
illegals from crossing the southern border.

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Muslims Aren’t Terrorists; You Are

Muslims Aren’t Terrorists; You Are

April 11th, 2011

Doug Book, FloydReports.com

With the election approaching, Barack Hussein Obama has spared no effort in
proclaiming his undying love of his country (the United States, we are told), his
veneration of the Constitution, his enduring
belief in the power of prayer, and the
firm conviction that Americans have the
right to keep and bear arms
.
But we proletarians who manifest such sentiments had best beware of the
Department of Homeland Security and its commandant, Big Sis Napolitano.
A proud assertion of patriotism
by Americans who actually mean it may well succeed in marking one as a
Suspected Domestic Terrorist
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As Obama Shuts Down Border Fence, Homeland Security Chair Asks for Border Security Plan

As Obama Shuts Down Border Fence, Homeland Security Chair Asks for
Border Security Plan

January 17th, 2011

Jim Kouri, Canada Free Press

New York’s Congressman Peter King, the new chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee demanded that Obama White House present Congress with a
detailed plan to properly secure the U.S.-Mexico border after Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the scrapping border fence project.
Following the Obama administration’s announcement to discontinue work on a
“virtual border,”  Rep. King said in a press statement that the Department of
Homeland Security should “speed up its plan to establish a protected
border.”
The original Southwest Border Initiative program, started during President
George W. Bush’s administration, has only established 53 miles worth of fencing
along the border, and has been plagued by construction delays and equipment
failure. Earlier last year, Secretary Napolitano ordered a complete assessment
of the project.
As reported in the past by NewswithViews.com, the original border security
plan called for a fence and barriers to be used on parts of the U.S.‘s southern
border, but with the Democrats controlling both houses of Congress and the Bush
Administration being weak on border security, the plan switched from a real
fence or wall to a virtual fence using high-tech equipment.
“The Obama Administration must promptly present the people of this country
with a comprehensive plan to secure our borders, incorporating the necessary
staffing, fencing, and technology,” said King in a statement. “I expect the
Administration, in its upcoming 2012 budget proposal, to put forward such a
plan, including timelines and metrics.”
However, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Congressman Bennie G.
Thompson (D-MO), applauded the program’s ending, saying that it has been “a
grave and expensive disappointment since its inception.”
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Cartoon of the Day: Man Bites Dog, Down is Up, Napolitano Protects Borders