It’s easy for people who live nowhere near the southern border to have an opinion about border security. Usually a heated opinion at that (see Democrat Luis Gutierrez Compares Border Security to King Herod Trying to Kill Jesus and Donald Trump Shoots Fire, Rips Chuck Schumer Over Border Wall and Government Shutdown). But those opinions still come from suited talking heads squawking from television studios. We should see what a border patrol agent with 30 years on the job has to say.
Patrol Agent Roy Villareal, the floor is yours.
In my 30 years of working for the Border Patrol, I’ve never witnessed the situation that we’re faced with today. We are being overwhelmed with migrants, principly, family units and children, and then people that are from countries other than Mexico. In the first time in the Border Patrol’s history, the majority of our arrests are what we call other than Mexican nationals, people from China, Bangladesh, India, and then of course, Central America.
Think about that. People from across the Atlantic and Pacific are traveling to MEXICO not to enjoy drinks with umbrellas, but to sneak into this country. Because the border being easier than a drunk Amy Schumer is clear.
The Wall. Build it. Now.
What we need along the border is a border enforcement system – there is no singular solution. What we need is a combination of factors: a border infrastructure, roads that provide access to the border, technology, ground sensors, night vision cameras, drones, and then, of course, wall or fencing to secure the border.
I believe we’re on ten days of the government shutdown over the wall the funding. With Nancy Pelosi making her return to the Speaker’s chair in a day or two. The time to get the s*** done is now.
Also, and maybe this is for another time, but maybe everyone who’s not working during this government shut down should continue to not work. I mean, budgeting for that we need and that we don’t is still a thing, no? But that’s for another time.