All I can think of when watching the video below regarding our open border is that we really do need a wall. A wall between the U.S. and Mexico would be the only way to really and truly secure the border. Check out the picture of the fence…really? is that fence going to keep out illegals or terrorists?
The federal government spends billions of dollars every year on border security. Still, a once-secret report paints a troubling picture.
For decades, El Paso, Texas, has been a front line in the federal government’s fight against illegal entry to the United States.
“The one thing that keeps any of us up: failure,” said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Joe Romero.
Within El Paso, there are miles of high fences, surveillance cameras, checkpoints and an army of Border Patrol agents keeping constant watch.
“We don’t look to target any one group, because we can’t,” explained Romero. “Criminal elements comes from anywhere and everywhere.”
Juarez, Mexico, a long-time cartel drug trafficking and human smuggling hub, sits only yards beyond a bone dry Rio Grande.
But just eight miles west of downtown El Paso in Santa Theresa, New Mexico, the border looks very different.
The big fence ends and is replaced by a short vehicle barrier. It’s still pretty easy to get past.
There’s a 5-foot buffer between the barrier and the Mexican border, which is marked by just a barbed wire fence.
No cameras are there, and just the occasional agent on patrol.
“There’s nothing here at the end of the fence,” said recently retired Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez. “You can come up and make a bee line for the warehouses if you’d like.”
Manjarrez brought the Channel 2 Action News crew to that spot to make one simple point.
“Pretty vulnerable, isn’t it?” Manjarrez said.