Conservative Heritage Foundation Backpeddles Supporting Border Security

FHS | A southwestern border over which the Border Patrol has complete operational control “is more an abstract concept than a practical goal,” say two Heritage Foundation staffers in a Feb. 20 article. Ultimately, they add, effective border security requires cooperation of the Mexican government, and they urge development of a master plan for U.S.-Mexican relations that coordinates response to shared security threats.

Customs and Border Protection defined “operational control” as the ability to conduct continuous detection and interdiction of illegal crossers with high probability of apprehension until it stopped using that metric in 2010.

“It is difficult to envision a system of airport-like security or 100 percent ‘operational control’ of 2,000 miles of often rugged and inhospitable terrain,” say Ray Walser, a senior policy analyst, and Jessica Zuckerman, a research associate.

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