Homeland Security Chair Says U.S. Far from Having Operational Control of Border

(CNSNews.com) – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R.-Texas) said today that the U.S. government is “far from” having operational control of the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We do know we are apprehending other-than-Mexicans, special-interest aliens from countries of interest that concern us,” McCaul said in a discussion on national security at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“We’re apprehending them,” he said, “but how many have already gotten into this country?”


Ashton Carter,  President Barack Obama's choice to head the Defense Department, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015,  as he testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to replace Chuck Hagel. Carter, who previously served as the No. 2 Pentagon official, is expected to easily win Senate confirmation but will face tough questions about Iraq and other issues. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)