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Re: “Spilling Over?

91,000 X4=364,000 illegal entries in 2009
364,000/262 miles=1,389 illegal entries per mile
1,389 illegal entries per mile per 365 days=4 illegal entries per mile per day.

How densely can we patrol the border with existing agents? The Tucson sector website states there are 2,900 agents in the sector. Let's just guess that 500 agents are administrative support staff and not available to patrol the border directly. That leaves 2,400 agents to patrol the border.
Let's guess that half a patrol agent's time is spent patrolling and the rest is used up in commuting, paperwork, training, etc.
There are 24X365 hours in a year=8,760 hours in a year
An agent would be effective 20 hours per week X 50 weeks per year=1000 hours per year.
To have one agent effectively patrolling one position, under this assumption, 24/7/365 would require 8.76 agents per continuous sentinel. Under the assumption we have 2,400 agents, we can staff 2400/8.76 agents=273 sentinels.

Dividing 273 sentinels by 262 miles means we could currently post one agent directly on the border for every mile of border. That's spreading the border patrol thin as compared to illegal entries.

The fact is, however, that most of the patrol agents are not patrolling ON the border, but assigned to positions 5 miles to 50 miles away from the border.

My assumptions may be inaccurate but the model gives us a foggy idea why the US has been ceding land to the drug cartels.

Posted by AZ Citizen on 03/31/2011 at 1:06 PM

Re: “What a View!

I think he ought to be compensated by landscaping with large trees and thick shrubs to screen out the view of the fence, and the new road needs to be paved to control the dust, all at taxpayer expense. Paving the road would also allow the BP to sneak up on illegals whereas the dust and the sound of tires on gravel currently gives them away. I think that these two solutions might actually increase his remaining property value, considering the fence has also greatly diminished the invasion of it, and more than compensate any personal loss to him.

Posted by AZ Citizen on 08/10/2010 at 11:43 AM

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