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December 9, 2005

Secure Border Initiative update from DHS

Filed under: Border Security — by Christian Beckner on December 9, 2005

The DHS press office put out this release yesterday. Lots of facts and figures about current activities related to border security initiatives: this many arrests, this many new agents assigned at the border, etc. Having some transparency is good…but only in context. How do these statistics compare to last month or last quarter? How do they compare to the agencies’ targets? How is this different under the auspices of the “Secure Border Initiative” than under the many legacy border security activities? If DHS is only providing statistics w/o context and anecdotes, then that’s a weak baseline for the critical decisions that will be made in Congress on immigration and border security in the coming months.

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Pingback by CGinformation.org» Blog Archive » The Coast Guard’s role in the Secure Border Initiative (SBI)

August 7, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

[…] Over at Christian Beckner’s blog HLSwatch.com (Homeland Security Watch) he has a lot of posts that tie into the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) announced by HLS Secretary Michael Chertoff back in November 2005. Digging around for some news today brought me to Heritage.org a research and educational institute – or better yet “a think tank.” James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. has written an essay or article if you will on what may happen as HLS goes ahead (as they are) to secure the Northern and Southern boarders under the SBI, and leaving the East and West Coast’s unscathed from funding. Granted we (the USCG) have Deepwater, this is a pre 9/11 funding effort for a pre 9/11 world. Not paying enough attention to the coast line… Just as a free market quickly adapts to new con­ditions, those involved in human smuggling, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities will explore other vulnerabilities and find new ways to enter the United States illegally. The sea coasts pro­vide a wealth of opportunities for such exploita­tion. As land borders become increasingly impenetrable, criminals will shift to smuggling humans and goods by sea, using boats and ship­ping containers. This would undermine the integ­rity of America’s borders just as much as smuggling by land does. […]

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