In this political season, is there any surprise that the release of border security study commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security could be suppressed for political reasons?
The study focuses on calculating the likelihood of illegal immigrants being detained by the U.S. Border Patrol.
According to a report, the ‘DHS’ won’t say why they have not released their border security findings.
In recent congressional hearings, several “top Border Patrol officials” have testified that as many as 80 percent of illegal immigrants crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border are detected by “agents or by sensors, surveillance cameras and other technology,” and arrested.
According to Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who penned a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the USBP Interdiction Effectiveness Rate “fails to take into account the illicit flow that goes undetected, which we know is substantial.”
In addition, McSally also said that according to a different study conducted by the Congressional Research Service, the USBP effectiveness rate is really about 50 percent, adding that the study was released to members of Congress back in May.
Why hasn’t it been release to the public?
Bryan Roberts, the former DHS assistant director involved in the study has stated that this effectiveness race is at about 52 percent.
Roberts independently presented his version at the Cato Institute in September based on published Border Patrol apprehension data and the same migrant survey data.
His study calculates that people who cross the border illegally have a 52 percent probability of being caught, up from about 12 percent in 2005, but below the Border Patrol’s 80 percent interdiction rate.