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September 28, 2017

$10 billion for border security
$0 for keeping score?

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Examiner -- September 27, 2017  
Republicans will move $10 billion border wall bill next week
   
 House Republicans next week will advance legislation that would provide $10 billion in funding for the border wall that President Trump promised during last year's campaign.
    The House Homeland Security Committee will mark up the Border Security for America Act, which would allow $10 billion in spending for the wall and related border security measures, including fencing, technology, air assets, and other deterrents.
It would also provide $5 billion for security at legal ports of entry, add 5,000 border patrol agents, boost air and sea support, and authorize the use of the National Guard along the border.
    "This bill will provide the Department of Homeland Security the tools necessary to achieve full operational control and situational awareness of the border by providing for a wall, cutting edge technology, and more boots on the ground," said Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who sponsored the bill.
    McCaul proposed the bill in July, and in doing so, threw cold water on a proposal from Democrats to pass a much softer border bill this year, one that would only require the Department of Homeland Security to study ways to boost border security.

Glenn Spencer -- September 28, 2017
The same border game --- no scoreboard
 
   Now comes the Border Security for America Act --- the text of which can be read here.
    Chairman McCaul says: "This bill will provide the Department of Homeland Security the tools necessary to achieve full operational control and situational awareness of the border...”
    Under Sec. 115 of the Border Security for America Act, it says:
    (Page 50)
    The analysis submitted under Paragraph (1) shall include an assessment of----
    (E) the current percentage of operational control (as defined in section 2 of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (8 U.S.C. 1701 note)) achieved by the Department on the Southern border;
    Section 2 of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 defines operational control as follows:
    (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
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    How else can operational control measured but by the number of unlawful entries not prevented? So what does percentage of operational control mean? How can it be measured?
    So we have a Border Security for America Act whose primary goal cannot be measured with existing means.
    If this were football, we would know if our opponents are scoring on us by knowing how many times they cross the goal line.
    If we pass he Border Security for America Act how will we know if we are protecting our end zone? We won't.
    The Arizona Republic recently observed: "Despite years of building border infrastructure, border officials do not have a systematic way to measure the effectiveness of the barriers that have been erected along the border."
    It is the same game we have played for decades.

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