American Patrol Report

Barber Quotes Spencer (almost) -- GAO: Border plan missing key parts

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, a Democrat from Tucson, along with U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, asked the GAO to review how the Border Patrol manages its resources on the Southwest border.

"To ensure the border is secure, we must define our goals and deploy resources where they are needed most," Barber said in a news release. "I call upon the Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security to develop smarter strategies and tactics and a better way to measure border security."

He plans two public meetings on the report later this month in Douglas and Tucson.


Barber said Border Patrol agents are doing an "exemplary job," but "if you can't measure progress, you can't talk about progress."

American Patrol Report Comment

This phrasing is very similar to what Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol has said many times: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” 

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