‘A lot of people want this to happen. The military wants this to happen. This is a virtual invasion of our country…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border continues to worsen, border patrol agents told CBS, as the partial government shutdown came to a temporary halt Friday with no funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
“I’ve seen six different presidents at the time that I’ve been with the Border Patrol, and this is the worst crisis that I’ve ever seen,” Fernando Grijalva said in Lukeville, Ariz., an area that has become a hotbed for illegal crossings and underground tunnels.
Grijalva said that even though he and the other agents aren’t being paid, they’ll continue to do their job because it’s important for the security of the nation.
“They know that we have a job to do,” he said of the other agents.
Last year alone, border patrol agents apprehended 52,000 people in Grijalva’s section. Many were women and children, he said.
Now more than ever, Arizona needs a border wall, according to Grijalva.
But Nogales Maor Arturo Garino said adding to the existing border barrier would be ineffective. “We do not need a wall in Nogales,” he said. “We need technology.”
On Monday, more than 100 migrants scared the border wall with the help of a ladder, according to footage obtained by surveillance cameras near Yuma, Arizona. And just last week, border patrol agents arrested more than 300 asylum-seekers in San Luis after they burrowed under the steel barrier.
“Operationally, I can tell you that without a physical barrier, at border patrol, we have a very tough time succeeding,” Grijalva said.
President Trump has demanded that Congress provide funding for the construction of a border wall along the entirety of the U.S.–Mexico border. The Democrats have refused to allocate the funds, though.
“I have other alternatives … and I’ll use those alternatives if I have to,” Trump told reporters last week. “A lot of people want this to happen. The military wants this to happen. This is a virtual invasion of our country.”