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Virtual fence and tangible logic both canceled on border

January 15, 2011

Homeland Security chief cancels costly virtual border fence – CNN.com.

I only wanted to post this because of some amazing logic found at the end of the article, but let me recap what they said.

Basically, we cancelled the 1 billion dollar virtual fence meant to secure 53 miles of the Arizona border.  The reason…uhhh, nobody told the Mexicans there was an invisible fence supposed to stop them?  You know what would stop em?  A moat full of freaking sharks with laser beams attached to their heads!  Or ill-tempered mutated sea-bass.

But onto CNN’s form of logic.  Here is quote number one:

In fiscal years 2009 and 2010, federal agents seized more than $282 million in illegal currency, more than 7 million pounds of drugs, and more than 6,800 weapons along the border — increases of more than $73 million, more than 1 million pounds of drugs and more than 1,500 weapons compared with 2007-2008.

This paragraph was preceded by a few more paragraphs talking about how we have increased our border presence and was meant to show as evidence the higher number of agents is working as can be seen by the increased haul in drug busts and illegal weapons.  Make sure you follow – seizing more money, drugs and weapons means our border patrol is doing better than previous years.  Keep that in mind as you read this:

Also, the Border Patrol’s nationwide apprehensions of undocumented immigrants decreased from nearly 724,000 in 2008 to about 463,000 in 2010, a 36 percent reduction, indicating that fewer people are attempting to illegally cross the border, a homeland security report said.

So…we are apprehending less people which proves less people are trying to cross the border?  Hate to state the obvious, but one of these two quotes is reaching the wrong conclusions.  I’ll let you choose for yourself.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2011 10:07 am

    Or are the same amount of people crossing the border but we are catching less of them? It seems obvious to me!

    • January 15, 2011 10:55 am

      Yeah, those paragraphs were back to back. CNN was trying to make the case Obama’s immigration policy (whatever that is) is working, but their logic is a little faulted – not sure their average reader would notice.

  2. JustFacts permalink
    January 15, 2011 11:57 am

    Actually the number of people illegally entering the country probably did go down during those years because the US economy was so crappy. Also, maybe the people that DID come across were carrying more contreband. Who knows? You sure can’t tell from the statistics they included. Typical MSM BS.

    • January 15, 2011 12:05 pm

      Its possible, but I doubt it. Our economy might be crap, but its a spotless diamond compared to Mexico.

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