On February 4, 2013, the director of homeland security, including immigration enforcement, Janet Napolitano stood on the Mexican border between San Diego and Tijuana and declared, “I believe the border is secure.”
That was only a little more than a year ago.
Ah, those were the days. We were more innocent and trusting back then. Reporters like Elizabeth Dwoskin of Bloomberg BusinessWeek could write:
“This time, those looking to revive concerns about a lawless border must contend with a far different set of facts: the line between Mexico and the U.S. is now more secure than it’s been in decades. Obama has poured money and resources into border security. In his first term, he spent $73 billion on immigration enforcement. That’s more than the budgets of all other federal law enforcement agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service — combined, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group. (Bush spent $37.4 billion on immigration enforcement in his first term and $60 billion in his second.)”
Wow, $73 billion! Kind of makes one wonder where the money went? Let’s do some quick math.