Homeland Security Chair Says U.S. Far from Having Operational Control of Border

House Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul
House Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul

(CNSNews.com) – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R.-Texas) said today that the U.S. government is “far from” having operational control of the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We do know we are apprehending other-than-Mexicans, special-interest aliens from countries of interest that concern us,” McCaul said in a discussion on national security at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“We’re apprehending them,” he said, “but how many have already gotten into this country?”

McCaul was responding to a questioner who asked him “what is the criteria that will finally let us know when we have a secure border.”

“It’s when we can gain operational control–and you can define that in many ways,” said McCaul. “But right now we are catching less than half of what’s coming in.”

McCaul then said that he and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who shared the stage with him, worry about: “What is coming in that we don’t know about? READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.