January 3, 2017
DHS Data Mining
8 border security secrets officials don't want to reveal
The locations of border apprehensions
People like to throw around the word “porous” when it comes to Texas' southern border. But don't get too nosy about where the biggest pores are. There are nine Border Patrol “sectors” on the U.S.-Mexico border, four of them wholly contained in Texas and one (the El Paso sector) that includes New Mexico. But these are huge geographic areas. The Tribune, the Austin American-Statesman and others have tried to get smaller station-specific apprehension data, to no avail. (The Rio Grande City station alone contains 1,228 miles of heavily crossed Starr County, including 68 miles along the Rio Grande). Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Diaz says releasing more granular detail could jeopardize “operational security” by letting cartels and other savvy adversaries know where to focus smuggling efforts.
A New Day at DHS
As we pointed out four years ago, restrictions on the use of detailed apprehension data greatly limit our ability to understand the border situation in terms of what works and what doesn't.
Once he --- and/or his chosen heads at CBP --- get their hands on "secret" DHS data, it should be short work for General John Kelly, President-elect Trump's choice to head DHS, to begin to understand what is going on.
I was once a member of the Military Operations Research Society of America and they can provide General Kelly and his staff with the analytical tools necessary to nail down the problem and pinpoint solutions --- once they pry open the data safes at DHS.
America is going to see a new day at DHS.