It's About Time Raising the issue of border accounting
Numbers USA -- February 15
"We need to establish standards or metrics and show that they have been achieved." -- Watch
House Homeland Security Subcommittee Tries to Create a Definition for 'Border Control' The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hosted a hearing Tuesday morning on the definition of "Operational Control" of the border. [...]
The 2006 Secure Fence Act defined "operational control" as "the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband." However, it has become clear that the Administration is having trouble meeting the terms of this definition because they have been prioritizing terrorism prevention and narcotics control above other unlawful entries. [...]
Some of the best insight into this problem came from Richard Stana with the GAO. He mentioned that we have a missing a numerator; a number of apprehensions without knowing how many there were to apprehend. Stana said, "you have to have the numerator and denominator to judge performance."
Chief Fisher then defended the CBP by saying that he wants to measure entries against apprehensions to have a better sense of the denominator. Rep. Ben Quayle then made a great point when he asked "if we simply stopped apprehensions under the current formula wouldn't we see reports about complete operational control of the border." Stana agreed that there needed to be a better context for what exactly makes up the numerator. The underlying problem is the unknown quotient of how many illegal aliens are slipping through the cracks. Related:Border Accounting Needed - American Patrol Feature, July 10, 2010