Analyst: Look Beyond Border Apprehension Data

As the debate over federal immigration reform ramps up — and the border security component continues to be a major factor — statistics on border apprehensions are often used as a barometer to measure how effective security policies are.

Such data tells only part of the story, says the former director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the country’s immigration enforcement agency before the creation of the current office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But, she added, it does indicate that security at the Texas-Mexico border has improved since the last time the issue was fiercely debated in Washington ...

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