Before we can get around to building a wall on the southern border we’re going to need to make do with handling border incursion the old fashioned way and that largely involves a lot of manpower and shoe leather. Unfortunately both are in short supply these days, as was revealed in a recent meeting where Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson sat down to speak with members of the Senate. It was first pointed out to Johnson that we’re seeing an influx of unaccompanied minors showing up at the borders in even greater numbers than the crisis of 2014, but it’s just not getting as much media play this year. (Government Executive)
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., while praising CBP for progress since the 2014 influx at the Southern border of refugees from Latin America, warned that the recently heightened pace of arriving unaccompanied children is alarming enough to impact Johnson’s spending plan.
“Four months and we’re up to 23,000 already… 2014 was a crisis, right now I think we’re running ahead of 2014 levels” of a record 68,541 by 49 percent, Sen. Johnson said. “If we maintain this pace, we’ll have 77,000 in 2016. I think we’re possibly beyond crisis proportions here.”
So why can’t we deal with the problem more effectively if the budget for border enforcement was increased recently? It turns out that there are job opportunities aplenty on the border, but we simply can’t find the people to fill them.