The Department of Homeland Security’s Annual Performance Report suggests that out of 8,607 miles of America’s land borders, the government effectively controls only 894 miles, which is a bit more than 10 percent.
As a result, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has blasted the government for its failure to increase control of U.S. borders and suggested the report boosts the case against the administration’s plans to promote an illegal alien amnesty in 2010, which FAIR calls " ill-conceived."
"The DHS report makes it very clear that another divisive debate about granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens must be scrapped," says the organization’s president Dan Stein.
"The federal government must set meaningful standards for securing our borders … and devote the resources and manpower necessary to keep our nation safe and achieve dramatic reduction in illegal immigration," he adds.
Earlier this month, FAIR has also criticized the administration and congressional leaders for their failure to permanently reauthorize the E-Verify program. The program is a worksite verification tool that allows employers to voluntarily determine whether workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S. by electronically checking their Social Security numbers.
Over the objections of immigration reform advocates, a House-Senate conference committee had voted to extend E-Verify for only three years.