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Obama administration pressed for border data

April 05, 2013|By Brian Bennett
  • An aerial view looking south at the U.S.-Mexico border.
An aerial view looking south at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles…)

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee asked the Obama administration Friday to provide data to back up its assertions that the southwest border is more secure than it has been in decades.

In a letter to Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said the administration’s claims of success on the border appeared at odds with a Times story Thursday that cited details from internal Customs and Border Patrol reports.

“These revelations are in stark contrast to the administration’s declaration that the border is more secure than ever due to greater resources having been deployed to the region, and that lower rates of apprehensions signify fewer individuals are crossing,” McCaul wrote.

McCaul said Congress has provided money over the last decade to more than double the number of border agents, build nearly 700 miles of fencing, and deploy new surveillance technologies.

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