Border Patrol chief says northern border may be more secure than depicted

Posted Feb. 15, 2011, at 8:46 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The head of the Border Patrol says the tool used to measure whether his agency has operational control of the border is not necessarily a good way to assess border security.

A report recently released by the Government Accountability Office says the Border Patrol can detect illegal activity and make arrests on just 32 miles of the 4,000-mile U.S-Canada border. But Border Patrol chief Michael Fisher says border security is not necessarily synonymous or equal with the number of miles of border under control.

Fisher says the Border Patrol is trying to come up with a new measure for assessing border security.

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