Past Features

December 6, 2017

DACA vs. Securing our border?

“I think it [unmanned aerial vehicles] provides us a very interesting capability as a force multiplier,” Nielsen said. “The ability to have not only situational awareness, but sensors that we now have available to us, enable us to detect a variety of threats that could be coming across our border.” -- Testimony before Senate Homeland Security Committee -- November 8, 2017
San Marcos Corridor News -- December 6, 2017  
Cornyn, GOP Colleagues Introduce Bill To Protect DACA Recipients, Strengthen Border Security
    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and David Perdue (R-GA) to introduce legislation to protect and provide certainty to DACA recipients and improve the lawful immigration system by targeting illegal immigration and enforcing border security measures.
    The Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Reform Efforts (SECURE) Act contains provisions from several immigration proposals, including Senator Dick Durbin's (D-IL) bipartisan BRIDGE Act, which protects DACA recipients from deportation and Sen. Cornyn's comprehensive border security bill introduced earlier this year.
    “This bill provides a real, bipartisan solution for those brought here by their parents illegally who now find themselves in limbo,” said Sen. Cornyn. “The SECURE Act gives us the chance to both help these young adults and win back public confidence by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.”

Glenn Spencer -- December 6, 2017  
Winning back public confidence --- give us a border metric   
    Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said his SECURE Act would ".... win back public confidence by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws."
    In October DHS/CBP sent out a request for information on ground sensor technology that would be
"...able to detect all entering threats without being affected by blind spots created by man-made and natural occurring obstacles. This capability should also be capable of discriminating between human, animal, and vehicle targets in all terrains, landscapes, and weather conditions present where USBP conducts operations. The system should be scalable and deployable across all environments throughout the Southwest Border and Northern Border. "
    Answers were due by November 7.
    In her November 8 testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary nominee Kirstjen Nielsen said:
    "I think it [unmanned aerial vehicles] provides us a very interesting capability as a force multiplier," Nielsen said. "The ability to have not only situational awareness, but sensors that we now have available to us, enable us to detect a variety of threats that could be coming across our border."
    Could it be that DHS/CBP has learned that technology exists to detect and identify "all entering threats”? If so, this technology might be able to tell us just how secure our borders are --- both north and south --- by producing the long-sought-after border metric.
    Showing us exactly how secure our borders are is one sure way to win back public confidence.

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