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DHS Border Patrol Arrest Statistics Underestimate Illegal Immigration

Published: Mar 19, 2012 10:55 am By: Michael Cutler

"Recently published reports have focused on a letter submitted on March 1st by Congressman Darrel Issa to Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Issa is the Californian Republican who chairs the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. His letter demanded Napolitano address claims that the Border Patrol has been “cooking the books”--distorting the true number of undocumented immigrants who are apprehended along our nation's southwest border.

Issa's letter to Napolitano was predicated on information that insiders at the DHS have purportedly provided to Issa's office. These statistics are extremely important because they have not only been used by the administration to reflect on how secure our border is, but also used to support the contention that because arrests along the border are down, that the number of undocumented immigrants present in the United States is also down.

This claim has a number of potential benefits for the administration, especially as the upcoming election looms closer on the horizon."

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