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October 11, 2014

Secretary Johnson on the border

Filed under: Border Security — by Philip J. Palin on October 11, 2014

Thursday the Secretary of Homeland Security gave a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  I was on the west coast.  But DHS has given the speech — and related PowerPoint — considerable priority.

It is a fact-filled report — with obvious political and policy implications — but the presentation is lawerly in its gathering of evidence.  Very much a reflection of Johnson’s worldview.

I encourage you to read/see the entire package at  http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/10/09/remarks-secretary-homeland-security-jeh-johnson-border-security-21st-century?utm_source=hp_feature&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=dhs_hp

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Comment by E. Earhart

October 11, 2014 @ 7:56 am

Political Implications

Speaking a month ago to the Council on Foreign Relations the Secretary also said:

“As you know, the president has determined that we should wait until after the midterm elections to announce what we believe we can and should do to fix the system. And he reached that decision because — and this judgment is, in my view, absolutely correct — this kind of thing should not be introduced in a politically difficult climate like you have in the run-up to an election.

And there have been examples cited of that. In 1994, gun control, the health care law, in the run-up to an election in a political season, and what the president’s talked about — and I agree with this — is that what we do, because this is so important, needs to be done in a sustainable way. And doing this in a sustainable way is as important, in my judgment, as what we do and what we say we’re going to do.

And so after the midterms, we’ll have some — we’ll have some announcements.”

The transcript can be found from CFR at:


The prepared and presented remarks can be found from DHS at:


Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 12, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

Close the border now and “enforce” the law! Simple….No one is above the law and obligated by pledge in oath and “entrusted” to safeguard our nation, “Close the Border Now”

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 14, 2014 @ 7:43 am

The big winner in the DHS is those working the border. Problem? None are trained or protected from EBOLA!

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