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August 17, 2017

To prevent or to chase?
What DHS/CBP decided to do is silly

Glenn Spencer -- August 17, 2017
Does DHS/CBP really want to do its job?
    What is the job of the Department of Homeland Security? To establish operational control of the border. How is that defined? The prevention of all unlawful entries.
    So, when it came to deciding how to establish operational control of twenty miles of border east of Douglas, Arizona, instead of preventing all unlawful entries, DHS/CBP decided to let people cross and then chase them down.
    To chase them down, they installed Integrated Fixed Towers costing $150 million..
    Never mind that heavy brush and deep washes may prevent the radar on these cameras from spotting many of those they allowed to cross the border in the first place --- and never mind that we now know that these towers were never properly tested.
    To chase them down, they built a Forward Operating Base of limited technical value so Border Patrol agents can be closer to where the suspects are spotted.
    Never mind that DHS/CBP could have built a real fence on that 20 miles of border for about $80 million --- saving $70 million they spent on the dubious towers. Never mind that CBP knew all about technology that could have spotted and tracked anyone who got over the fence --- making it very easy to catch them close to the border.This appraoch would make apprehension a near-certainty --- thus detering (preventing) future unlawful entries.
    The very poor choices made in the case of securing the border east of Douglas, makes one wonder: Does DHS/CBP really want to do its job?