Glenn Spencer American Border Patrol -- February 16 Yesterday the Chairman of a subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security asked a panel of experts to define operational control of the border. The experts were: James Gilmore, former governor of Virginia; Ms. Cathleen Berrick, Managing Director Homeland Security and Justice Issues Government Accountability Office; Shawn Reese of the Congressional Research Service; and Mr. Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Vice President for Business Development -- Cross Match Technologies... Watch(1hr 15 min. 8 seconds into the C-Span video) Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC): What is Operational Control of the border in your opinion? Berrick: "We think CBP needs to be the one to define it since they're managing the border... right now they don't have a good measure of operational control." Nelson: "How do you know effectiveness when you don't have strategic guidance from the Congress?" Reese: "The very agency responsible for Operational Control are having a hard time defining it... What does operational control of the border mean? I don't have an answer for you on that. " Gilmore: "If we are going to have operational control of our border the people of the United Sates have to understand that when they participate in drug activity and other kind of activity that they are enabling the lack of operational control of our borders."
Not one of them mentioned the definition given in the Secure Fence Act of 2006:
(b) OPERATIONAL CONTROL DEFINED.-- In this section, the term "operational control" means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.