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WH Still Claims ‘Border Security Is Stronger Than Ever’

From the Washington Examiner

White House stands by claim that border security is stronger than ever

By Susan Crabtree | July 11, 2014

The White House is standing by a statement on its website claiming that border security is at its strongest in history even in the face of a spiraling border crisis in Texas.

Under the heading “border security” on the White House website’s section on President Obama’s immigration proposal, the whitehouse.gov website gives the president credit for having "doubled the number of Border Patrol agents," saying "today border security is stronger than it ever has been."

The White House says the statement is true despite the estimated 52,000 unattended children who have crossed the southwest border so far this year and the roughly 90,000 expected by fall.

“Looking at the overall picture of the border, the Border Patrol is better staffed today than at any time in history,” White House deputy press secretary Shawn Turner told the Washington Examiner.

“We’ve doubled the number of agents nationwide … more agents providing more eyes across the border. If you look at the boots on the ground on the Southwest border, there’s been a 95 percent increase since 2004.”

Critics argue that the first part of the White House website statement — that Obama is responsible for doubling the number of Border Patrol agents — is inaccurate because President George W. Bush is responsible for the majority of the sharp increase in border patrol agents over the last 10 years.

There are a total of 20,979 Border Patrol agents right now — not all of whom are deployed to the border, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. In 2008, the last year of Bush’s presidency, there were 17,499 Border Patrol agents.

So far from doubling the Border Patrol, Obama has only it over the last six years by a measly 3,480 agents. Which is only an increase of 19%. (And probably most of them are desk jockeys.)

But the second part of the claim — that border security is stronger than ever — is fomenting a pitched debate…

Sorry. Some things are simply too laughable to ‘debate.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, July 11th, 2014. You can leave a response.

4 Responses to “WH Still Claims ‘Border Security Is Stronger Than Ever’”

  1. Petronius

    It all depends on what the meaning of “is” is.

  2. What difference at this point does it make? The illegals are seeking out the border patrol so they can turn themselves in. They have scripts that tell them exactly what to say so they can be granted asylum. Otherwise, they’d have to sneak around “in the shadows”.

    The beauty of putting more border patrol on the border is it adds to the number of people available to gather the illegals up so they can be officially recognized and given free healthcare, free food, free transportation around the US, free free free free FREE!

    This isn’t a humanitarian crisis. It’s an invasion.

    • yadayada

      remember untrainable – everything the left wants has to be free; carbon free, lactose free, gluten free, cage free, free range, sodium free, PABA free, free health care, free abortions, free prophylaxis, free tibet, free the minks,

      if only they could make something tax free.

  3. canary

    Obomination only hired a few more border agents to hand out toilet paper.

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