The construction of the border wall with Mexico was one of President Donald Trump’s promises to his electorate, and now 126 miles of wall in the Yuma border patrol region is evidence of progress in fulfilling his promise.
The indiscriminate entry of smugglers, gang members, and millions of illegal aliens has always represented an unsolvable national security crisis, but now the head of the Yuma region’s Border Patrol, Anthony Porvaznik, assures that the situation has changed, according to the Washington Examiner on Oct. 26.
“We are much better positioned now to deal with that traffic when it comes than we have been in the past,” Porvaznik said after recounting some aspects of the past in that area, where he has served for 15 years.
First he said that there are already about 300 miles of wall that have been built along different sectors of the southern border of the country.
Then Porvaznik said that in the last 30 years there have always been some stretches of physical barrier, of different heights and extensions, but always ineffective and dilapidated, in addition to preventing vision to the other side, which for the agents became a great risk.
“The Yuma sector was the beneficiary of a large amount of infrastructure in the 2006 time period,” said Porvaznik, alluding to the Secure Fence Act of 2006 issued during the George W. Bush administration.
More than 1.5 million illegal aliens were detained in 2005, far more than the 1.1 million detentions on the southern border during last year’s humanitarian crisis.
Now the large barrier, about 20 feet high, with 6-inch-wide steel columns, filled with high-strength concrete, and spaced 4 inches apart, allows visibility and adequate prevention of situations approaching from the other side of the border.
In just one of the patrols carried out this year, Porvaznik reported that smugglers were arrested trying to bring 10 Chinese citizens, 30,000 pills of fentanyl, and 350 pounds of methamphetamine into the country.
Now, the miles of new wall mean that such raids should be a thing of the past, according to the Washington Examiner.
Additionally, the entire project continues.
“There are another 300 miles being built right now at all sites in four states. Forty-nine different projects are underway,” explained Army Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, at the White House on Aug. 18.
“And the last 133 are in design and acquisition. We are writing the contracts; we are designing them. But that’s 733 miles funded, so we can continue to execute,” Semonite added as part of his presentation.