Past Features

October 4, 2017

New border bill - lacks
accountability?

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CNN -- September 27, 2017  
Committee to weigh McCaul border security bill amid DACA debate
    A key House committee is set to consider a major border security bill, the committee's chairman and bill author announced Wednesday, a development that comes as Congress debates what to do about the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
    The House homeland security committee will mark up the bill next week, Chairman Mike McCaul announced Wednesday.
    The Texas Republican's bill, first introduced in July, would invest $15 billion over four years in border infrastructure --- including physical barriers --- technology and personnel. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate by fellow Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn.
    "Now that we have a partner in the White House who has made this a top priority, it's time to send a bill to President (Donald) Trump's desk so we can deliver the American people the security they have long demanded and deserve," McCaul said.
Markup of H.R. 3548 --- Today!

Glenn Spencer -- October 4, 2017
A new bill, but the same old Bullsh*t
    I used a search command to go though the text of Chairman McCaul's Border Security for America Act of 2017 --- H.R. 3458 --- looking for the term “metric” and found it once --- in a section titled "(d) Pilot Program on Special Rates of Pay in Covered Areas.”
    (The term “biometric” was found five times.)
    There is lots of talk about border technology in H.R. 3458 --- and lots of money for same --- but no mention of a way to see if that technology really works. This comes only a few weeks after a hearing of one of McCaul's Homeland Security subcommittees heard testimony from the Government Accountability Office that future border technology programs are at risk for lack of a proper metric.
    Eleven years ago I said that a new program designed to secure the border --- The Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) was Bullsh*t because there was no way to measure success.
    I was right about the SBInet, and I will be right about McCaul's Border Security for America Act of 2017.
    It is no wonder that the Security Industry Association supports the legislation.
    As the SIA says: "3548 supports a multi-layered approach that incorporates additional physical barriers, robust surveillance solutions, and competent personnel tasked with achieving operational control and situational awareness along our northern and southern borders.”
    So 3548 is supposed to achieve operational control of the border --- but there is one small problem --- nowhere in the bill is there a method to measure it.
    What lobbyist would't love a bill that has billions of dollars for stuff, and no real accountability.
    Chairman McCaul's Border Security for America Act of 2017 is a new bill --- but it is the same old Bullsh*t.

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