April 8, 2013
Reports of missed Border Patrol apprehensions in Arizona because of possible gaps in security prompted the leader of the House Homeland Security Committee to formally ask DHS to explain its recent claims of a secure border.
An April 4 report in the Los Angeles Times quoted an internal Border Patrol memo concerning the use of a new airborne radar system called Vader. The memo showed that although the agency identified and detained 1,874 undocumented aliens in Arizona‚Äôs Sonoran desert between Oct. 1, 2012 and Jan. 17, 2013, it also identified an additional 1,962 that went uncaught in the region in the same period.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and other Obama administration officials have stated repeatedly in the last few months that the southwestern border is secure.