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.