President Obama stood before thousands of Texas Democrats and La Raza (The Race) supporters and told a whopper of a lie: “They (GOP) wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.”
This is welcome news for those who live near the 2,000-mile southern border; unfortunately it is another propaganda-type lie.
Let’s educate Mr. Obama regarding what exactly a fence is. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a fence is a barrier that serves to enclose an area; an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion.
Keeping this in mind, the President’s claim that the fence is “basically complete” is untrue. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) February 2011 report says Border Patrol does not control the border. In fact Border Patrol only has the ability to control or prevent illegal entry for 129 miles of the 1,954-miles of U.S./Mexico shared border.
To date the GAO report concluded that Homeland Security has only built 646 miles of border fence. Of this very little was the “two layers of reinforced fencing” that was required by the Secure Border Act. Also included in this secure fence number was 347 miles of pedestrian fencing as well as 299 miles of vehicle barriers.
“Pedestrian fencing is designed to prevent people on foot from crossing the border and vehicle fencing consists of physical barriers meant to stop the entry of vehicles,” said Richard Stana, director of homeland security for GAO.
In March, Stana told the committee that Homeland Security had only improved the total length of border fence by three miles last year.
The GAO goes on to reveal that an additional 744 miles of border region gives the Border Patrol power to stop an illegal entry at “distances of up to 100 miles or more away from the immediate border.”
Add those numbers up and that leaves 1,081-miles of America’s southern border open and means Homeland Security has no “operational control” along much of the border.
That doesn’t sound secure.
The president also alluded to the fact that border cities are the safest cities in all of America.
Lie number two.