Border Security

Congress is facilitating an eventual catastrophic failure

ISSUE: Is Congress facilitating an eventual catastrophic failure?


PURPOSE: Analysis is enhanced when a scenario is framed in such a way that all parties may evaluate it objectively (removed from tribalism, partisanship and emotions). Consider the following.



In the context and timeframe whereby Congress is looking to point fingers and shift the blame upon our wonderful, amazing, brave and selfless CBP officers, let us all consider the following fact pattern (whereby the lawful object has been replaced by a neutral object "cats") for the purpose of identifying the root cause of a critical U.S. problem.


----------------------------------------FACT PATTERN:

LAST WEEK: A single, wonderful, faithful, dedicated and otherwise amazing CBP officer (as most are), retired and decided to buy a home (with a fence around the perimeter to keep his garden safe from damage). He feels content because he was in the military, then traveled a lot while working for DHS, and now he has finally saved enough money to buy something he wanted his whole life, a home. He finds that he is able to maintain his home well, and it is within his capacity, capability, and budget. He takes pride in projecting strength and competence in his (areas of responsibility) and all the neighbors can see he has full control, and that everything is running smoothly around his premises.


THREE DAYS AGO AN EVENT OCCURRED: As bizarre and backwards as it may sound, 535 Congress members show up at the retired CBP officer's home and they decided to cut a loophole in the fence and release 535 cats into the CBP officer's premises. Congress then announces:







YESTERDAY: The CBP officer urges them, I need that fence to protect my garden and keep the property under control. However, rather than fixing the fence as requested, Congress decides to dump a ton of cat food into the CBP officer's yard, which temporarily keeps the cats in the yard and also (incentivizes even more cats to crawl through the loophole in the fence).


TODAY: The result of the aforementioned actions are that the cats keep coming in, many are bringing their kittens, and some of them are even having kittens. Meanwhile, the cats are consuming everything they can, crawling all over the place, there is no way to control such a large number, and every inch of the property seems to be covered with unhappy cats and waste. The situation is obviously dysfunctional and chaotic for everyone. All of the neighbors surrounding the CBP officer's house point out that he needs help and resources, but Congress instead just SCREAMS YOU ARE ALL CAT HATERS, and then they dump another load of cat food into the yard.


A FEW MOMENTS AGO: Cat protestors showed up, and are screaming at the CBP officer that he is a cat abuser, they are lecturing him about the cat's rights, while ignoring the fact that the CBP officer has rights, and they do not care about all of the neighbor's rights nor the community. The protestors also want him to begin covering the cat's medical expenses, and if he doesn't keep all of the cats in a perfect middle class environment they are threaten lawsuits. They shout through megaphones that the cats must stay at his house, and he must work triple time to cover all expenses and the cost of all the cats. Meanwhile some protestors are taking pictures of the chaos, and laughing and taking selfies, others are yelling, still others are recruiting more protestors to scream louder and louder at the CBP officer.


GOOD FAITH AND STOP GAP MITIGATIONS: Various adaptive efforts were attempted along the way. Being the excellent CBP officer (he still is), he recognizes that it is not psychologically appropriate, nor hygienic, to keep the kittens with the other cats. In fact, some of the cats may be dangerous, carry diseases, or even try to harm the kittens, so he separates the cats from kittens. Also, the CBP officer (being of powerful resolve, stamina, and intellect), continues fighting the good fight, sends for support far and wide but receives NONE. Meanwhile, the CBP officer keeps adaptively adjusting to be more efficient by DECREASING THE QUALITY OF SERVICES delivered. The CBP officer is overwhelmed but refuses to give up, and at this point is spending every second of the day trying to keep up, but he can't, because he is well beyond his capacity, beyond his capability, he does not have a budget to support the cats, and was not trained to provide mass care for such a large number of cats. The CBP officer realizes that he does not have enough time in the day to adequately feed all of the cats, or even provide good places for them to sleep, because he only has a small space and is on a fixed-finite retirement budget. There is no way to keep up on the thousands of tasks required every day. Therefore, failures begin to occur where there are gaps in coverage, and the CBP officer is forced to change strategy to mass care protocol (GREATEST GOOD FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER), and unfortunately some cats will suffer. When the former CBP officer again pleas for help and calls the local shelter, they report there is no place to put the cats at this point because they are at max capacity from last month when Congress dumped cats off at another CBP officer's house. At this point, all options are exhausted.



ROOT CAUSE: Who is to blame, is Congress facilitating an eventual catastrophic failure?

ANSWER: The facts show that Congress's core area of responsibility is to open and closing loopholes. Congress adversely opened the loophole in the fence and they are preventing everyone from shut the loophole in the fence. Congress brought the cats to the property, incentivized them to come through the loophole in the fence, and are deferring actions to remove the cats. Therefore, Congress is the proximate cause and is to blame for the current issue, but also, all additional consequences that are spinoffs from their actions (domino effect) are also Congress's fault. On this point, [if] Congress tries to shift the blame to the retired CBP officer or anyone else, no one (with half-of-a-brain) will believe Congress, because they have acted in bad faith, unreasonably, they did not consider the private citizen CBP officers wishes, and have unduly burdened the retired CBP officer and the community. It is now crystal clear to everyone that Congress has created an adverse condition and is facilitating a crisis.



It should be crystal clear to everyone who has read the above scenario that, [whereas] Congress is responsible for all actions that forced a non-sustainable cat condition on this retired CBP officer, [wherefore] Congress has created, facilitated and is the cause in fact of the cat crisis. As the neighbors and community are suffering from the situation as well, perhaps this condition also breaches Congress's social contract with the public provided in Article IV. "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion." Said Congressional failures are preserved in the record where the CBP officer has asked for support, but instead of affirmative support from Congress to enforce the law and restore control, the retired CBP officer received repudiation (and various targeted distractions from the issue). Additionally, the root-cause of various adverse outcomes moving forward will share the common nexus of Congressional actions such as (e.g. their failures to close the loopholes, patch the fence, and stop incentivizing the cats with food or otherwise). Predictably, the single CBP officer represents one unit of measure of an unsustainable condition, and it is implied that 2 CBP officers managing 1,070 cats will fail (just as 1 person and 535 cats failed), and just as anyone would fail at this level of burden… and so forth. Extrapolation of the condition moving forward (e.g. one unit of measure per day) could then foreseeably lead to all CBP officer's nationwide being overwhelmed, and an overall catastrophic failure [facilitated by Congress]. Certainly, I would pray for and ask for more people and resources as needed. But even more critically, everyone impacted by the cat condition must recognize that the issue needs to be address in a smarter way to lessen the overall burden.


NOTE-1 One tends to wonder, [if] the "shoe were on the other foot" and 1 member of congress were forced to manage 535 cats could they do it – I think not.


NOTE-2: Likewise, [if] there are 22,000 CBP on the border, and 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., [then] the smallest unit of measure is (500 illegal aliens for every 1 CBP officer).



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