Homeland Security Ignores Data It Collects on Illegal Crossings

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Arizona Republic has completed an in-depth report on the security of the southwest border with Mexico and has concluded, among other things, that the Department of Homeland Security will not consider academic analysis of the situation and will not move forward with recommended studies.

“DHS officials don’t want to know and don’t want the public to know” what is really happening along the border.

“There is zero interest in that kind of analysis among DHS’ leadership,” economist Bryan Roberts, who served as the agency’s assistant director of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation until 2010, told the Arizona Republic.

The Arizona Republic report found, based on information obtained via FOIA requests, that three-quarters of migrants who try to cross the border into the US eventually make it, even after being caught repeatedly and sent back. The National Academy of Sciences stated that this rate of successful illegal crossing occurred at the same time the DHS reported 85-90% apprehension rates.

More-and-more migrants cross at the less-guarded, more dangerous parts of the border. The report found that consequences and fencing have had little effect.

DHS, Customs, and the Border Patrol do not jointly analyze data. They never see the big picture. The report indicates that DHS seems to take a don’t ask, don’t tell approach to data.

DHS will not allow academics to analyze their data unless they promise to keep it secret but academics cannot do quality work under those circumstances and have refused.

When DHS made their presentation to the Senate, who were then considering the immigration reform bill, they completely ignored their own studies. They did not include the studies or the results of the studies in the presentations.

According to Arizona Republic, ‘the Homeland Security Institute, a federally funded research center, studied border-crossing recidivism and the likelihood of apprehending crossers. From 2001 to 2005, the study found that when border security and the consequences imposed on crossers were both relatively slight, the likelihood of being apprehended on any crossing attempt was about 35 percent, according to sources familiar with the study. But to this day, that study, completed in 2007, remains classified as “law-enforcement sensitive.”’

Joe Chang, the author of the report said he has updated it every year but all the work remains classified. The full story can be read at Arizona Republic.

While DHS ignores their own studies, the media ignores crime by illegals. Illegal migrants have become a protected class. Illegal immigration is also a costly problem.  California alone spends $1 billion a year on illegal immigrants.

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