In an example of how safe our border has become under her leadership, less than 24 hours after Napolitano and Locke boasted about how "major investments to renovate and expand outdated ports of entry" have improved cross-border trade and "bolstered security," two American citizens were murdered while waiting to come into the U.S. at the San Ysidro port of entry, south of San Diego. The victims were killed by a lone male gunman, who calmly "walked through the lanes of traffic and boldly unloaded five rounds from a 9-mm. handgun." --Apparently, the Obama administration's "improvements" on the border do not extend to U.S. citizens just a few yards into Mexico.
In the past four months, two federal officers were murdered by cartel thugs. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed 13 miles deep in Arizona on the night of Dec. 14-15. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata was assassinated south of Monterrey, Mexico, on Feb. 15.
Napolitano offers reassurance by throwing out numbers. She says federal agents "seized 81 percent more currency, 25 percent more drugs and 47 percent more weapons" last year than they did during the final year of the Bush administration.--Of course she fails to point out that the drug cartels of grown to double their size during that same period.
She also contends that apprehensions of illegal aliens "have dropped by 36 percent over the past two years to less than a third of its all-time high." –What she fails to tell us is that Homeland Security Agents have contacted several Sheriffs fighting the battle on our side of the Border told actually told them to stop arresting so many illegal immigrants –that’s one big reason apprehensions have dropped!
The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing Border Patrol agents, isn't buying into the numbers game. In a statement posted March 25, the NBPC said: "Mexico is hemorrhaging violence and we are being hit with the splatter. The U.S.-Mexico border is unsafe and to say anything else is not true."
Even the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that Napolitano's numbers don't add up. They say "over the last three years, apprehensions on federal lands (820 miles of the 2,000-mile border) have not kept pace with Border Patrol estimates." The GAO reports the number of "illegal entries" in 2009 was three times higher than the number of apprehensions.
Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., described the situation along his 82-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico boundary as "under siege." Dever explained how the Department of Homeland Security cooks the books and why drug, gun and money stats are up while apprehensions are down. He has told his outgunned and outnumbered deputies that the Border Patrol's mission is "not to catch anyone, arrest anyone. Their job was to set up posture, to intimidate people, to get them to go back."
But let’s stop and look at a really disturbing twist to all of this. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Representative Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee want to know whether the Department of Justice is complicit in illegally exporting thousands of firearms being used to threaten and kill American citizens on both sides of the border. According to congressional sources and court documents, weapons recovered after the murders of federal agents Terry and Zapata are linked to a DOJ-approved undercover operation dubbed "Fast and Furious."
Several current and former federal agents allege that the operation began in 2010 as a way to "take down" a major cartel and that it all went seriously awry. Boy, I’ll say! What in the world were they thinking? Providing guns to the drug cartels!? One congressional investigator asserts that the DOJ "all but ordered" licensed firearms dealers to "facilitate" the sale of guns to "known and suspected criminals who were illegally moving the weapons across the border." If these charges are true, it was all kept secret even from Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promises that his inspector general will "fully investigate the matter." And this week in San Fernando, Mexico (just 50 miles from Texas) authorities found 59 "freshly buried bodies in mass graves." They were apparently all passengers on a bus that was hijacked March 25. –Yeah, right, Janet, our Southern Border is open for business and safer than ever –and I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’d like to sell you….
Live Long and Prosper....