Julie Myers, if you'll recall, was
Myers herself said
“I will seek to work with those who are knowledgeable in this area, who know more than I do.”
Julie appointed assistants named "Marcy (Investigations), Traci (Professional Responsibility) and Cynthia (Intelligence)"
Now, you can read and listen (MP3) to Julie as she manages to "undo the impact of a Presidential address in one easy lesson:
HH: So I'm back to the fencing conversation. If fencing is the best way to stop them at the border, why don't we have a plan laid out for that?
JM: Well, you know, I don't think we think that fencing is the best way to stop them on the border. I think the President's called for...if you build a fence, they build a tunnel. We just saw that today. There was another tunnel destroyed, another, excuse me, another tunnel found over in the San Diego area. So you can't...given the kind of the layout of our land, I believe it's the President's view, it's the border patrol's view, that a fence alone is not enough. We need a layered approach that includes surveillance, personnel, technology. We are working with the military to make sure we have the best technology. And some places, a fence may be very effective, but some places, it's simply not.
HH: Assistant Secretary Myers, correct me if I'm wrong. I think you just walked the administration back from the fence.
JM: I...no, I said consistent with what the border patrol chief's been telling me all along, he's been telling me what he needs, the combination of all these things. You look at the particular location, the particular terrain, and you decide what's most effective. You don't want something people can scale in two minutes and then be in the desert, and then you just have put people on the other side of the fence.
HH: But the idea that the fact that someone can dig a tunnel undermines the idea that a fence is effective...we'll come back.
Just for the record, the technology used to defeat tunnelling has existed since the First World War.