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September 27, 2009

Obama Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border

Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border

Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached,” and the Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border Patrol Director of Media Relations Lloyd Easterling confirmed this week--as I first reported in my column yesterday--that his agency is planning for a net decrease of 384 agents on the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2010, which begins on October 1.

A Department of Homeland Security annual performance review updated by the Obama administration on May 7 said the Border Patrol “plans to move several hundred Agents from the Southwest Border to the Northern Border to meet the FY 2010 staffing requirements, with only a small increase in new agents for the Southwest Border in the same year.”
Easterling said on Tuesday that in fiscal 2009, 17,399 Border Patrol agents have been deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border. In fiscal year 2010, the Border Patrol plans to decrease that by 384 agents, leaving 17,015 deployed along the Mexican frontier. At the same time, the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Canada border will be increased by 414, from a fiscal 2009 total of 1,798 agents to a fiscal 2010 total of 2,212.
The Border Patrol is responsible for securing a total of 8,607 miles of border, including the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S.-Canada border from Washington state to Maine, and sectors of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each year, the Border Patrol sets a goal for “border miles under effective control (including certain coastal sectors).” “Effective control,” as defined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, means that when the Border Patrol detects an illegal border crosser in a particular area of the border the agency can be expected to succeed in apprehending that person.

In the May 7 update of its performance review, DHS said the Border Patrol’s goal for fiscal 2009 was to have 815 of the 8,607 miles of border for which the agency is responsible under “effective control.” The review also said the Border Patrol’s goal for fiscal 2010 was to again have 815 miles of border under “effective control,” meaning DHS was not planning to secure a single additional mile of border in the coming year.

“The intention is to take back the border incrementally, and make gains that we can keep,” Easterling said. “We do not intend, nor will we give back, miles that we have gained control over.”
Easterling said the Border Patrol would be able to maintain the current number of miles under effective control on the Mexico border with fewer agents deployed there thanks to “force multipliers,” including new fencing, roads and other infrastructure that has been built in recent years. He also cited the assistance the Border Patrol receives from local police and sheriffs departments and community watch groups.
But even if the Border Patrol is able to maintain or marginally improve on the current level of security on the U.S.-Mexico border, most of the border will remain effectively open to smuggling both contraband and persons.

Reports from other government agencies paint a vivid picture of the massive drug and alien smuggling that takes place in these uncontrolled expanses and the national security problem created by unsecured border lands.

In addition, the Border Patrol reported that in fiscal year 2008 checkpoints encountered 530 aliens from special interest countries, which are countries the Department of State has determined to represent a potential terrorist threat to the United States,” said GAO. “While people from these countries may not have any ties to illegal or terrorist activities, Border Patrol agents detain aliens from special interest countries if they are in the United States illegally and Border Patrol agents report these encounters to the local Sector Intelligence Agent, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Investigations, and the CBP National Targeting Center.”
The GAO also said one illegal alien detained in West Texas had come from Iran.
“For example,” said GAO, “according to a Border Patrol official in the El Paso sector, a checkpoint stopped a vehicle and questioned its three Iranian occupants, determining that one of those occupants was in the United States illegally. The individual was detained and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further questioning.”
There has been much discussion in the past week about whether President Barack Obama will heed the advice of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to increase the U.S. troop deployment there. The administration, however, has already decided to decrease by 384 the Border Patrol agents deployed on our own southern frontier.


Wild Thing's comment..........

Obama trying to gain 20 million new voters.The commie bastard needs the voters because he knows he’s toast in 2012. This is ridiculous. Secure the borders, stop in the influx of illegals.

Ths is probably why Gov. Perry is sending 75 Texas Rangers to the Texas border.

I heard the other day on the radio they are bringing the amnesty bill back in January.

Obama is REFUSING to defend MY country from invaders! hellfire and bloody damnation.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 03:49 AM


Makes sense since the budget for welfare programs is going up exponentially in 2010. Which of course will be necessary after all the illegals are given amnesty. Better get to work, my evil capitalistic fellow citizens, we have a lot to pay to the guvahmint so they can spread our wealth and keep theirs.

Posted by: yankeemom at September 27, 2009 07:56 AM

Thank G_d we have Gov. Perry. We will send our OWN troops to the border. Our standing militia, reserves and active duty troops is much more than France anyhow.

Dip Shit Obama does not realize how close we are to cessation/rebellion. DOWN WITH OBAMA!!!!!!!!

Posted by: SSgt Steve, USMC(PS) at September 27, 2009 09:21 AM

Obama doesn't get it! Americans want the border secure, Americans are sick of supporting illegals, Americans are sick at long lines at the emergency rooms, Americans want American jobs for Americans and not for those who come across what is virtually an unprotected border and this jerk we have sitting at 1600 PA ave is doing nothing to protect us on the border or anywhere else in the world. His Utopia just doesn't exist and yet he refuses to accept it and I suspect he will have to be dragged from the White House on Jan 20, 2012 while screaming "Yes I can! Yes I can". Thanks for adding me to your blogroll haven't been by in a while have you on mine, but have made a few changes you are now on my primary blogroll. Your wild thing reminds me of Brigette Bardot.

Posted by: Ron Russell at September 27, 2009 09:50 AM

obama continues to pollute and dilute our culture with the dregs of society until he get the color he wants. Which is shit brown.

His agenda is to take down this country and he's well on his way to do just that. We must stop him.

Posted by: Mark at September 27, 2009 12:01 PM

Buy that Ammo!!!

Posted by: Jack at September 27, 2009 01:06 PM

Steve and Jack - yep, I'm still buying ammo and dreaming of secession of the red states. obama could ignite a civil war. The continuation of record breaking ammo and gun sales indicate that many, many Americans think along the lines that something violent may occur with obama as president.

Our borders and coast lines should have been sealed tight after 9/11.

Posted by: TomR at September 27, 2009 02:25 PM

TomR said: "Our borders and coast lines should have been sealed tight after 9/11."
I would correct that to read: "Our borders and coastlines should have been kept closed for decades." Then 9/11/01 wouldn't have been so easy to pull off.
Don't people realize that Mexicans, Pakistanis, Haitians, Jamaicans etc. have the same ability as us to have a good homeland. They blew their chance, and expect to come here and tear this country assunder as they have done in theirs. Because we were a bit more astute in building ours, we have become the #1 country of choice to emigrate to. Legal or otherwise. Learning the language, becoming self-sufficient, honoring the flag, etc. are no longer a prerequisite to settling here, as it was to our forefathers.
"Learned all I need to know about Islam on 9/11!"

Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at September 27, 2009 03:39 PM

Yankeemom, it really ticks me off, so
many are waiting and doing immigration
the legal way. I can just imagine how
they all must feel when they see a
country that want to live in and become
Americans so badly and then they see
illegals given the go ahead by our
government that disobey's the
existing laws.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 05:59 PM

SSgt Steve, USMC(PS), I like your Gov.Perry
I wish we had him here in Florida.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 06:00 PM

Ron, giggle, thank you. giggle no not
Brigette Bardot but she was really
pretty. I am just me, like an old
shoe that I hope people are comfortable

As to the rest of your comment, DITTO
all you said about illegals.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 06:05 PM

Mark, I wsh I knew how we could stop
him. Impeach and have him leave in shame
would be great. TREASON would be another
thing with all he has done regarding our

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 06:07 PM

Jack, agreed for sure.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 06:08 PM

Tom I agree so much and I just
don't understand why the borders
weren't sealed. That was such a
horrible attack and not to do
all we could to make our country
safe just makes no sense to me.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 06:11 PM

Frankly, that says it all for sure.

"Learned all I need to know about Islam on 9/11"

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 27, 2009 06:14 PM