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Rick Perry's Brilliant Immigration Plan

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    Perry's border fence goes broke far before completion

    [IMG] Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to members of the Texas Municipal Police Association at their annual convention Friday in Austin. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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    AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry's border Web camera program is out of money after a first year that fell far short of the goals for arrests and reports of illegal crossings.

    An internal report showed that just 17 of 200 cameras — one for every 70 miles of the 1,200-mile Texas-Mexico border — were installed with a $2 million federal grant received last year.

    Reports obtained by the El Paso Times indicate that nearly 125,000 people registered as "virtual Texas deputies," but those extra eyes led to just eight drug busts and 11 arrests. The cameras were expected to generate 1,200 arrests.

    About 300 illegal immigrants were reported to the U.S. Border Patrol, far short of the 4,500 expected.

    Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition chief Don Reay says the goals were unrealistic.

    Perry wants another $2 million for the project, and his office revised a report to make it look like the program had come closer to achieving its goals.

    Instead of 200 cameras, the new report said the sheriffs coalition was expected to install only 15, making it appear the group exceeded its goal. The target number of arrests was revised to 25, much closer to the 11 actually made.

    The original objectives, Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said, should have been revised after a six-month progress report earlier this year showed the program was far from meeting targets. She said there was some sort of "glitch" in the reporting process.

    Cesinger said Perry remains convinced the program will work.

    "The bad guys know there are an extra pair eyes on the border," she said.

    According to a year-end report submitted by the sheriffs coalition, nearly 40 million people logged on worldwide, including in Switzerland, Australia and even Mexico.

    Although viewers didn't report much illegal activity, they were active on the site. They sent about 3,900 reports and comments from Feb. 2 to Feb. 8. Dozens said they were confused about whether images were humans or animals.

    One report simply read, "armadillo by the water," while another offered some advice.

    "Just a word of warning: A moment ago I saw a spider crawl across the top of the camera," the report read. "You might want to try and prevent any webs from being spun across the lens area by treating with repellent or take other measures."

    Reay said reports from camera watchers were directed to local law enforcement. Chris Acosta, an El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said the department never responded to alerts from the cameras.

    Reay's group says the cameras will go dark without more funding, and support may be hard to find.

    Experts on both sides of the immigration issue said the program has been unsuccessful. Some lawmakers have called it a waste.

    "Instead of making Texas safer, it has made Texas the source of international ridicule," said Democratic state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso.

    Read more: http://www.mywesttexas.com/articles...s/doc4a5a826e6c578205251722.txt#ixzz0PYb8BAPl

    Yeah, it's those darned old "Liberals". :rolleyes:

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