August 16, 2013
Despite Washington spending billions of taxpayer dollars on efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, two internal government reports reveal there is no clear way of gauging whether any of it is actually working.
Backing up reporting from Fox News earlier this year, the reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Research Service show the Department of Homeland Security lacks an accurate barometer to measure the success of ramped-up efforts to curtail illegal crossings.
The DHS and the Obama administration typically tout the number of apprehensions of people coming in illegally as their gauge for success. But those numbers, analysts warn, are open to interpretation and don’t necessarily show whether an increase or decrease is due to immigration trends, economic shifts, enforcement policies or all of the above.