Another campaign promised kept. President Trump’s wall is being built, and it’s working!
Remember when in November of last year, that infamous caravan of migrants arrived at the US/Mexico border near San Diego, CA, all they had to do was simply stampede over old landing mat barriers erected decades ago to gain asylum in the States?
The situation on the ground there is much different now.
As part of the president’s campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border, 14 miles of 18-foot primary steel bollard fencing has been built in San Diego, with a secondary 30-foot steel bollard barrier behind that which is approximately 80 percent complete.
They replace the 8-foot landing mats, which were often supported by a mere steel mesh behind that. The difference is dramatic.
“It’s incredibly different…I’m able to see the old landing mat right next to the bollard and I’m able to see the old mesh right next to the new bollard and the difference is startling,” Douglas Harrison, Chief Patrol Agent of U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, told Fox News.
Harrison explained that the current barrier is not something that can be easily scaled, “It’s an intimidating barrier. I’m an old Army guy, I was in the 101st Airborne and I would not try to cross that.”
The sections being replaced at the San Diego border is all part of a project that has, across the whole border, seen 71 miles completed, with an additional 162 currently under construction and an additional 276 miles in the “pre-construction” phase. It’s part of an ambitious plan to get somewhere close to 450-500 miles completed by the end of 2020.
Trump visited the San Diego project in September and spoke of it in glowing terms — even signing his name on the barrier.
“So it’s a very powerful, very powerful wall, the likes of which, probably, to this extent, has not been built before,” he said.
“But the numbers now are way down,” he later added. “And as the wall goes up — literally, as the wall goes up, the numbers go down.”
He’s right, in August, there were 3,326 apprehensions in the San Diego sector, down from 6,880 in March and 5,884 in May.
The improved barrier not only lowers apprehensions, but it also allows officers to make apprehensions more safely and closer to the border — rather than within border communities. Harrison says that as a result, there has been a surge of construction taking place as better barriers go up, with the construction of warehouses, housing, shopping outlets, and restaurants.