Richard Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said on Thursday that DHS and the Border Patrol can only stop illegal entries along 129 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S. - Mexico border. Despite the fact that illegal aliens are only stopped along 6.6% of our southern border, the Border Patrol reports it has established "an acceptable level of control" along 873 miles of the border. During his Senate testimony, Stana said:
According to Border Patrol an acceptable level of border control is established when it has the capability (i.e., resources) to deter or detect and apprehend incursions at the immediate border or after entry.
According to the Border Patrol, there are another 744 miles where illegal aliens cannot actually be stopped crossing the border, but the Border Patrol has the resources to detect and apprehend illegal aliens at "distances of up to 100 miles or more away from the immediate border".
Unfortunately, the situation along the 3,918-mile-long U.S. - Canada border is even worse. According to Stana, the Border Patrol only has an "an acceptable level of control" over 69 miles of our northern border. And of those 69 miles that the Border Patrol has "an acceptable level of control" over, the agency can only stop illegal immigration along 2 miles of it (or .00051% of the entire northern border).
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Updated: Thu, Mar 31st 2011 @ 5:47pm EDT