Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Thursday regarding a recent report by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) which found that only 44 percent of the Southern side of the U.S./Mexican border is under "operational control." The report contradicts recent statements made by Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano that the border is more secure.
"The GAO's report confirms what Arizonans already knew to be true: the U.S./Mexican border is far from secure. Even the most artful political spin cannot change that fact. Arizonans aren't interested in the pie-charts and statistics coming out of Washington, they want our borders secure and the violence to cease. Just this week, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot outside of Mexico City. And on the U.S. side of the border, Arizona ranchers have to deal withthe constant threat of violence from drug and human smugglers. Securing our borders shouldn't be a partisan issue on Capitol Hill. I look forward to working with both parties to find effective solutions to the problem, but we cannot keep waiting and hoping the problem will just disappear. "