October 19, 2020
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The U.S. government does not have “effective control” of 1,081miles of the 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for securing the border.
“Border miles under effective control” is a metric DHS uses in its annual performance reports to measure the performance of the Border Patrol.
As defined by DHS, a mile of the border is under the “effective control” of the U.S. government “when the appropriate mix of personnel, equipment, technology and tactical infrastructure has been deployed to reasonably ensure that when an attempted illegal entry is detected, the Border Patrol has the ability to identify, classify and respond to bring the attempted illegal entry to a satisfactory law enforcement resolution.”