He wants those numbers: Rep. Darrell E. Issa has set a deadline of Thursday for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Intent on investigating allegations that the federal agency released “false and misleading border-crossing data,” the California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked her for 2011 operational records from eight border-patrol stations in the Tucson, Ariz., region.
“The numbers appear to dramatically understate the volume of individuals who crossed the border illegally and are neither arrested nor turned back south (‘got-aways’),” Mr. Issa writes in a letter to Ms. Napolitano, dated March 1. Based on extrapolations of representative data, the lawmaker suggests that 268,000 people entered the U.S. illegally and were never counted.
“The potential magnitude of the underreporting of got-aways casts doubt on the border-security numbers touted by the department during this administration. If got-aways are in fact being underreported to that extent, then the data on which you based the conclusion that ‘the border is safer than it has been in decades’ is seriously flawed,” Mr. Issa advises the secretary.
Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, insists the Department of Homeland Security is dramatically underreporting the number of illegal border crossers who “got away.”