New reports have shown that the number of arrests along U.S. borders are down more than 50 percent. However, recent tips from insiders have accused Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her team of intentionally underestimating the numbers of border crossings of individuals without proper immigration forms.
The accusation came from U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-California), who is the chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
In a letter to Nepolitano, Issa said he does not believe the current immigration border crossing statistics, “because [he knows] that there are hundreds of thousands getting past us every year, so there’s no way that number has remained static.”
According to the Eurasia Review, Issa also uses a small piece of sample data from a border patrol station in Arizona as evidence, stating that in one week in April 2011, approximately 82 undocumented immigrants were not arrested or turned back at the border, yet none were reported as “got-aways,” either.
According to Michael Cutler, a retired Senior Special Agent with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service who wrote an opinion piece for Fox News Latino, some believe that the alleged measure by Napolitano was done as a ploy to look better for the upcoming presidential election.
“Current administration would like to be able to say that the immigration problem is correcting itself, thereby placating voters on both sides of the issue,” wrote Cutler. ” By touting reduced arrest statistics, the administration could lay claim to securing our nation’s borders and convincing everyone that immigration is no longer a problem.”
While Issa’s letter demanded more accurate statistics from Napolitano, according to the Seattle Times, 13 of the United States’ northern states are urging Napolitano to create firmer harassment and abuse regulations along the northern borders.
The immigration advocates cited many cases of excessive violence used by Border Patrol agents in cases, including the 10 shots that were fired at a mentally ill man in Washington’s Whatcom County, according to the Seattle Times.