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By NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
March 23, 2015

A member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection directorate on Tuesday blew the whistle on the Obama administration's failure to secure the nation's Southwest border that is shared with Mexico. While President Barack Obama and his underlings announce impressive statistics claiming "historical results," Senators on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were told that only 35-to-40 percent of illegal aliens sneaking into the United States from Mexico are apprehended. A whistleblower also told the lawmakers that there is a manipulation of the numbers released by the Obama administration.

The chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and his panel heard from one witness after another on Tuesday who testified that the U.S.-Mexico border is not secure, despite Senate Democrats defending Obama and treating witnesses with contempt. The Senate hearing -- “Securing the Southwest Border: Perspectives from Beyond the Beltway" -- sought to address the reality, as opposed to the "Obama fantasy," of the situation America is dealing at its border with Mexico.

“The problem is exacerbated by a lack of information,” Johnson said. “We don’t know for sure how many people today are ‘living in the shadows.’” He noted, “If we’re going to start working towards solutions, if we’re going to start analyzing this problem, we need a whole lot more information than we currently have.”

Senator Johnson began Tuesday’s hearing by making several points: “In 1986, we passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act. At the time, the estimate was there was slightly less than 4 million immigrants that were in this country illegally. We have been passing law after law after law and at some point in time we have to ask the question: Do these laws work? Are we solving the problem? And if not, why not?”

One of the most vocal witnesses was Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera of Grande Valley Sector in Texas. The well-respected and arguably brave whistleblower told the Senators, “I want to be crystal clear the [U.S.-Mexico] border is not secure. That is not just my opinion or the position of the [National Border Patrol Council]. Ask any line agent in the field, and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35 to 40 percent of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross. This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture” [emphasis added].

Cabrera explained to the Senate committee that “I’ve been told by our chief of our sector that we are going to bleed heavily on our flanks at all of our stations. The western flank usually gets neglected because we don’t have enough manpower to get out there. Our agents will count the foot sign, they will call it in, and at the end of the day the numbers get manipulated so that it doesn’t show up correctly" [emphasis added].

Senator Johnson later pressed witnesses on the lack of prosecution of those who actually are apprehended at the border. During his recent trip to the border, Johnson said he heard of officials saying they would not prosecute, for example, marijuana smugglers unless they have at least 500 pounds of marijuana, and that prosecutors are reluctant rather than eager to handle cases.

“If it’s weekends, a lot of times they’ll pass on some of these smuggling cases because it’s a four day weekend,” Cabrera said. “With some of our agents that get assaulted, if it doesn’t meet the threshold, if he doesn’t have enough blood or bruising, they don’t prosecute.”

Meanwhile, the unveiling of a new statue built to memorialize the murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Saturday at the Homeland Security Department's Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, received minimal news coverage by the nation's media except for the Fox News Channel, a news agency maligned and denigrated by President Barack Obama and his administration. In fact, no official from the Obama government attended the event and the sycophants in the legacy media made certain not to cover the story.

"That iconic image of Brian carrying his BordTac team member on his shoulders represents everything good about Brian, his strength, his determination, his attention to detail, his love for the Border Patrol and his love for his fellow agents," Terry's cousin, Robert Heyer, told FNC's anchor Arthel Neville while standing next to the image of the hero cop.

Terry's family had established the Brian Terry Foundation following their struggle to get answers to their questions about suspected Obama and Holder collusion to hide the truth. The foundation hopes to continue to honor Agent Terry's heroism and service and to provide help to other families who've lost loved ones as a result of line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot to death in 2010. His killing occurred during gun battle between Border Patrol agents and members of a Mexican drug cartel who were attempting to hijack a marijuana shipment from another drug gang's smugglers. While investigators determined the gang's weapons were part of the Justice Department's poorly-run Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama White House and Attorney General Eric Holder began circling the wagons, according to several law enforcement commanders, including Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"From the moment it was discovered that Terry was murdered with a gun provided to the Mexican criminals by the Obama administration, the White House and Justice Department -- with the help of the news media -- began a campaign involving stonewalling and perjury," said a former lieutenant of detectives, Harris P. Colley. "Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for his lies and stonewalling but the elite media treated the Republican lawmakers as if they were the bad guys, not Holder, not Obama, not even the Mexican outlaws," he added.

One police official noted that while President Obama made certain to appear with illegal aliens, promising them that he would punish any immigration enforcement agents or officers who did not follow his anti-deportation policy, he appeared to be indifferent to the deaths of law enforcement officers killed by illegal aliens or foreign gangs. "This is a leader who regularly disrespects law enforcement officers while being concerned about the treatment of terrorists, criminal aliens and lawbreakers," said police officer Anna Colon.

The Fast and Furious operation allowed criminals to buy firearms in Arizona gun stores with their plan to track them in Mexico. Unfortunately Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the agency running the operation, could only track 600 of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to buy. The ATF reported that 1,400 of the weapons seemed to vanish.

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"The Operation Fast and Furious snafu – conducted by Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Department of Justice – resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and endangered the lives of many more who protect United States borders. I believe a transparent government... is also accountable to [the American] people. We expect those responsible for the conception and investigation of the failed Operation Fast and Furious [must be] held accountable," says the Never Again petition being coordinated by the Brian Terry Foundation.

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The chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and his panel heard from one witness after another on Tuesday who testified that the U.S.-Mexico border is not secure, despite Senate Democrats defending Obama and treating witnesses with contempt.