Ya Think? Border Patrol Agents Stymied By Red Tape
Wed, October 27, 2010 at 23:28
Mark "Snooper" Harvey in Tex-Mex Border Wars

Fox News: Border Patrol Projects Caught Up for Months in Red Tape, Government Study Shows

Border Patrol agents trying to keep up with the pace of illegal immigration along the southwest border have gotten stuck in a kind of bureaucratic limbo, with a new government report showing federal regulations have stalled projects for months.

In one case, it took the Bureau of Land Management almost eight months to issue a permit allowing Border Patrol to move an underground sensor in New Mexico. In another, Border Patrol officials were denied permission to improve maintenance on roads and surveillance in California, forcing the patrol routes north. In another, it took more than four months for the agency to get permission to move “mobile” surveillance in Arizona — by that time, illegal immigrant traffic had shifted.

These anecdotes are included as part of a Government Accountability Office study, a draft version of which was obtained by FoxNews.com. The report was commissioned to review lawmakers’ concerns that environmental and preservation regulations are hampering efforts to secure the border and found that those regulations had in fact limited agents’ access to the land they’re supposed to patrol.

“With limited access for patrols and monitoring, some illegal entries may go undetected,” the report said. [...]  Go read the rest

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