An open door with no effort being made to close it
Re: Rep. Lamar Smith’s Commentary piece in the May 16 edition titled “If at first you don’t succeed. . . fudge the results” (page 35), Mr. Smith reports that “Border Patrol agents on the ground estimate there are three successful illegal entries for every one illegal immigrant who is apprehended.” Accord- ingly, the probability of being apprehended is 0.25 percent.
In her column on the same page, Michelle Malkin tells us that the federal “Turn Back South” policy “. . . permit[s] border crossers at least seven strikes before being charged with immigration misdemeanors.”
So, the probability for a determined border crosser to be charged with an immigration misdemeanor under the “Turn Back South” policy is at most 0.25 to the seventh power. That number is 0.000061. Which means that for every one million determined border crossers, no more than 61 will be charged with im- migration misdemeanors — whatever that means.
“If at first you don’t succeed . . .” Unfortunately, this alludes to administration attempts to pretend to defend the border, not illegal alien attempts to sneak across it. Sadly ironic. Frank W. Post Poughkeepsie, New York