The number of people successfully making it into the U.S. illegally is far higher than the Department of Homeland Security is willing to admit.
DHS, when asked how many illegal immigrants are stopped as they attempt to cross the border, cites an apprehension rate of 81 percent.
But according to Fox News, the agency has been sitting on a report for months that reveals the apprehension rate to be a far lower 51 percent.
The report was requested by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees as part of the Fiscal 2016 Omnibus Bill, but has been shrouded in secrecy. Viewed by a select few in key administration figures, critics say it is being withheld because of its explosive findings, which could potentially benefit GOP nominee Donald Trump. FoxNews.com requested a copy from both DHS and the White House, but was told the report is not yet finished, an assertion disputed by sources familiar with the process…
The study was written by analysts from DHS and the outside firm Institute for Defense Analyses, and is the most extensive survey of illegal activity and U.S. enforcement at the southwest border to date. Researchers went to the southwest border three times over 9 months and conducted independent surveys of Mexican migrants caught by the Border Patrol. They also reviewed Border Patrol intelligence, internal DHS records, apprehensions at ports of entry and detention records. The report was peer reviewed by a number of experts.
The document examines, in part, the Interdiction Effectiveness Rate (IER), or the number of adults caught at the border by law enforcement.
If Fox’s analysis is correct, that means there were upwards of 250,000 succesful illegal border crossings last year.
DHS, meanwhile, maintains that its 81 percent figure holds.
“Any suggestion that DHS is delaying release of a report on new border enforcement measures for political reasons is false,” a DHS spokesperson told Fox. “To the contrary, at Secretary Johnson’s direction, DHS has been making significant progress in the development of such measures. At this point, however, the work is still preliminary and requires further refinement, to ensure the new measures are accurate and reliable.”
The agency said the hidden report is just a building block and its results inconclusive.
But people familiar with the report obtained by Fox tell a different story.
“It appears to me that this research could have been suppressed because it contradicts the Obama administration’s narrative that the border is secure, and it contradicts the administration’s wish for people to believe that illegal immigration is a thing of the past,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy research for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Unnamed sources talking to Fox agreed, saying that the Obama White House ordered the report buried for “political reasons . . . because it would ‘look bad’ and ‘help elect Donald Trump.”