700 Miles of U.S.-Mexico Border Still Insecure, Congressional Investigators Say

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, January 3, 2015

Less than 3 percent of illegal immigrants will ever be deported, and more than 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border remained unsecured as of 2014, according to Sen. Tom Coburn’s final oversight report released Saturday morning, which found the Homeland Security Department failing in several of its top missions.


Meanwhile, more than 700 miles of the border were deemed porous because there was “little to no deployment density or aviation surveillance coverage” to detect illegal immigrants, smugglers or others, said Mr. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who retired effective Saturday.

That 700-mile figure accounts for more than a third of the southern border. Mr. Coburn warned the northern border was even worse-off.

“With these broad gaps in coverage of both our southern and northern borders, the problem of people and goods illegally entering our country remains a significant concern, and a committed adversary seeking illegal entry into the United States has a reasonable chance of doing so undetected,” said the senator, who was the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee.


Mr. Coburn said the student visa programs have proved to be a terrorist loophole, with about three dozen convicted terrorists using that method for gaining entry into the U.S., according to Homeland Security data. Each ICE agent assigned to the student visa program has to monitor about 6,500 students, which makes the program tough to patrol, he said.


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  • Bossman

    Canada is not building walls to keep Americans out. Mexico is not building walls to keep Americans out. The USA should be building bridges to Mexico and Canada to make North America a very strong, peaceful and prosperous region of the world. A handful of violent and demented Islamic terrorists should not dictate how the premier nation of the world which is at the center of world trade and commerce should behave.

    • David Ashton

      Muslims aren’t the only problems, Mr Bossman.

      • Bossman

        If you did read the article properly, you would’ve noted that the major impetus to build the wall is the fear of Islamic terrorism and that even extends to not granting student visas.

      • ElComadreja

        He’s funny, isn’t he?

        • David Ashton

          You know you’re a Mexican when you see a fence and have an irresistible desire to climb over it. Boom boom.

    • Alexandra1973

      Canada doesn’t have an issue with Americans wanting to live there illegally, Mr. “I want a New World Order.”

      Besides, I’ve been to Canada, give me the USA any day! (And I have 3rd cousins who are Canadian.)

      • Bossman

        During the Vietnam era, a lot of young Americans went there illegally and they were welcomed.

        • Nancy

          Ummm…Three “wrongs” don’t make a “right”.

    • Reynardine

      Yes, but Mexico has some pretty strict border control on her Southern border…

      • Bossman

        So why are all the Central Americans using Mexico as a transit point to get to the USA? I’ll be having lots of fun with an illogical guy such as yourself. Keep posting.

    • SentryattheGate

      Mexico is one of the most corrupt nations on earth!!!! Feel free to go live there, Bossman!

      • Ella

        Maybe, Bossman would like to annually pay the 3.8 billion dollar price tag for Texas and 4.6 billion dollar bill for CA to educate those precious illegal children due to open borders.

    • NoMosqueHere

      America was not formed as a trade and commerce mechanism. It is a republic with defined borders which must be defended against invaders.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      We need to keep the Latinos and the muslims out.

      • Bossman

        The “Latinos” are the Spanish-speaking descendants of the First Americans.

  • superlloyd

    More excuses for a lack of political will by hypocritical political parties that have vested interests in wanting mass, unskilled third world immigration and yet still purport to uphold the rule of law. What a sick travesty of a parliamentary system.

  • Earl Turner

    Deploy the Texas State Guard and allow troops from other State Defense Forces to deploy with them. Give them rules of engagement beyond just ‘observe and report’ and let them do their jobs. SDF’s are a virtually untapped resource and this is a perfect mission for them to take on and handle.

    • SentryattheGate

      And use drones! How many of them are being used to surveill Americans; how about the border! The volunteer Minutemen, back in the 90’s, built their own camera drones (with their own money) to surveil the Mex. border and call in locations of intruders to the Border Patrol.

  • Ella

    Any laws or regulation for the border will require funding, and the politicians rather apply the billions towards the illegals or corporate welfare giveaways.

  • Who Me?

    “(M)ore than 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border remained unsecured as of 2014…”
    Is this what they call secured maybe? (three pics below)

    • ElComadreja

      The whole damn thing is insecure. What a joke.

  • See The Future

    We need bounty hunters. Wanted dead or alive.

    • ElComadreja

      I’m all for a shoot to kill policy at the border. Men, women or children.