Past Features

February 27, 2017

Borkowski under fire
A string of failures

Breitbart -- February 22
How many times does CBP's Mark Borkowski get to fail?
    "I think he is an ideologue. I believe he is opposed to border security because everything he does to do that job fails, and he ignores real solutions,” a source familiar with Borkowski's eleven-year record at DHS tells Breitbart News.
    Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) was highly critical of Borkowski when he testified in May 2016 at a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security titled “Border Security Gadgets, Gizmos, and Information: Using Technology to Increase Situational Awareness and Operational Control.” (See ABP report)
    A recent article at the Homeland Security News Wire pondered how many times Borkowski will get to fail:
    Once again Mark Borkowski has testified before Congress in recent months, detailing the status of the Arizona Technology Plan, or what he calls the “Plan.” According to Borkowski's testimony, new border wall surveillance infrastructure and technology are already failing to meet management deadlines; he also acknowledges a highly critical GAO report on the status of his newest border security plan. The Plan is the lynchpin of the Southern Border and Approaches Campaign – previously called the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet). SBInet never worked and fell hopelessly behind schedule, and in 2011 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pulled the plug on it.
    “Borkowski was there when the Boeing virtual fence failed eleven years ago. They lost $1 billion of the taxpayers money,” the source tells Breitbart News.
    “The problem I've identified on the border is the total disinterest on the part of Borkowski in measuring the accountability of technology he is funding,” the source adds.
    “They've put hundreds of millions of dollars putting up these fixed towers in the mountains around Nogales, Arizona. They can't see anything,” the source notes.
    “He's a loyal American,” the source says, but adds that he's just not effective at controlling the border.