Amid yet another huge caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. southern border, the Border Patrol is reportedly scrambling to fill a gap in the wall at one of the most vulnerable stretches of the US-Mexican border.
That’s according to the New York Post, which reported that when President Joe Biden took office in January, his administration ordered an immediate halt on the construction of a 30-foot high border fence, leaving a 20-foot gap. The Border Patrol told the Post the gap is allowing thousands of smugglers and migrants to cross into the U.S. with little difficulty.
“The contractors just stopped,” said Richard Barragan, a Border Patrol agent in the El Paso Sector.
Adding insult to injury, Biden’s efforts to halt wall construction that gained new life under his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, has left thousands of tons of steel and other building materials rusting, according to Border Patrol agents.
Out of desperation, Border Patrol agents tried to plug the hole themselves, using old truck tires and pieces of stray construction materials left behind by contractors — the gap is at a mountainous confluence of the Texas, Mexico and New Mexico borders, the newspaper noted.
“We have some agents who are good welders, and they put it all together,” Barragan said.
The El Paso Sector has seen 155,892 people detained in fiscal year 2021, almost triple the 54,396 in all of FY2020, according to the Post. In all, some estimate that as many as 2 million illegal immigrants will cross into the U.S. this year alone, courtesy of the Biden administration.
A massive flood of humanity that Biden’s supporters in the media have largely turned a blind eye to.
While Trump secured the needed funding for the wall, the Biden administration said in July it planned to redirect $2.2 billion of that funding to the Pentagon for building projects on US military bases.
“Appropriated funds could also be used for mitigating some environmental damage caused by border wall construction,” Biden’s Homeland Security said in a statement.
“The wall enhances my officers’ safety,” Gloria Chavez, the chief patrol agent of the El Paso Sector, told the Post. “It delays entry and allows the agent to have the advantage. Additionally, it protects the agent.”
Instead of a physical barrier, the administration is pushing an “invisible wall” of sorts, the Post reported, using cutting-edge cameras to help monitor the southern border.
“The high-tech watch poles known as Autonomous Surveillance Towers are powered by solar energy and use artificial intelligence to detect movement along a two-mile radius, sending the information in real-time to agents patrolling the area,” the article said.
“The ASTs are in remote locations that are difficult to reach,” Border Patrol agent Joel Freeland said. “They operate 24-hours a day and are environmentally friendly because they rely entirely on solar power.”
Of course, watching migrants cross into the U.S. isn’t as effective as a physical barrier if the administration allows them to stay once here.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported this week that a migrant caravan of around 400 people had set off from the southern Mexican city of Tapachula for the U.S. on Saturday.
The caravan included “many children,” and was comprised of Central Americans and Haitians, as well as Venezuelans and other South Americans.
The caravan set off just days after security and migration officials dispersed another large group, the news agency said.
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