Federal lawmakers have opened up an investigative report against the Department of Homeland Security, believing the numbers the agency has given on their statistics of illegal immigrants successfully crossing the border is incorrect, and that its actually higher. The Department has rejected this report.
Sources say the DHS statistical report was completed in November, and it shows roughly half of adults who attempt to cross the border make it – approximately 250,000 in total. This is a contradiction, since DHS claims they catch 80% of the border-crossers. Clearly, the DHS is trying to sugar coat its report to make the border seem more secure.
“The Obama administration knows that the number of illegal aliens successfully getting across the Mexican border is 158 percent higher than they are telling people,” said John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, an expert on the report. “The administration has made fraudulent changes in the numbers to hide this.”
“It erodes the trust as to whether the administration is being honest with the American people about what the threat is,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and chairs the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “This should not be a partisan issue. Democrats, Independents and Republicans in my community want to make sure that border communities are safe.”
Despite the calls of accusations, a DHS spokesperson is trying to assert there is no wrongdoing:
“Any suggestion that DHS is delaying release of a report on new border enforcement measures for political reasons is false. To the contrary, at Secretary Johnson’s direction, DHS has been making significant progress in the development of such measures. At this point, however, the work is still preliminary and requires further refinement, to ensure the new measures are accurate and reliable. The November 2015 report purportedly obtained by Fox News is one building block provided by a research organization DHS has been working with to develop these measures.”
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