Doug Bedell — January 18, 2013, 12:07 pm

Southwest Border Security Tightens, But Still of Concern

A report by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) indicates it’s becoming a lot more difficult for aliens to make illegal crossings of the U.S. border with Mexico. As an immigration reform debate nears in Congress, the GAO report will be providing timely information.

“The GAO report,” Security Debrief advises,  “for the first time pulls together for public release all of the BPETS (Border Patrol Enforcement Tracking System) data for the past five years, though such data exists going back to the 1990s. And the results suggest that getting into the United States illegally across the land border has become significantly harder.”

In the Tucson sector of Arizona, for example, there were more than 207,000 illegal entries 2006 and “only” 25,376 in 2011. How all this is known makes interesting reading in the Security Debrief posting.

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