Rep. Lamar Smith
Houston Chronicle
March 7, 2011

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has declared that less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under “operational control.” This is an astounding piece of disappointing news. The GAO study found that of the nearly 2,000 miles separating the U.S. and Mexico, only 44 percent are under the “operational control” of the Border Patrol and only 15 percent are under “full control.”

The GAO report contradicts recent remarks made by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that the Obama administration’s “border security approach is working.” Administration officials are either unaware of the massive holes in security along the southern border or are misleading the American people. The administration has a duty to secure the border and protect the American people. Forty-four percent is a failing grade.

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