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  •  Tipped / Recced - and a link to CAP's piece (7+ / 0-)

    on rational reform (PDF - Center for American Progress)

    Many statistics used by CAP in that piece back up the sane and rational reporting by the AZ Republic in the article you link.

    More Border Patrol Agents - check, ... page 4.

    At the same time, the number of Border
    Patrol agents stationed along the southwest border
    has grown by 390 percent, from 3,555 in FY 1992 to
    17,415 in FY 2009 (Figure 3).

    Consistent with the 9,000 Border Patrol agents for AZ cited by the AZ Republic.

    Fewer instances of crime - check (assuming such crime would be correlated to total numbers of apprehensions) ... page 4.

    And the cost ratio of Border Patrol expenditures to apprehensions has increased by 1,041 percent, from $272 per apprehension in FY 1992 to $3,102 in FY 2008 (Figure 2)

    If the cost per apprehension is going up this might suggest that the total number of such apprehensions is dropping - even as the ranks of Border Patrol Agents swells. Which, of course, is absolutely true as detailed in the most recent report on Enforcement by DHS (for 2008 - PDF - Table 1, Page 3). Down from just under 1.1 Million in 2006, and 859K in 2007 to 705K in 2008.

    Or, as Napolitano understates matters in the AZ Republic article:

    "The border is as secure now as it has ever been," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate panel last week.

    no remuneration was received by anyone for the writing of this message

    by ItsSimpleSimon on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:34:14 AM PDT

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