Border Patrol Union President: MSNBC Report Shows ‘We Need the Wall’
Proof that an impenetrable wall is needed along America’s southern border came in a recent video that inadvertently displayed how easy it is to scale existing barriers, the leader of the National Border Patrol Council said Wednesday.
Brandon Judd, president of the NBPC, said a recent MSNBC interview that was interrupted by illegal immigrants jumping an existing fence is “proof positive” of the need for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall.
“Imagine if there wasn’t a (fence) there. Imagine how many people would have come across,” Judd said on “Fox & Friends First.”
“We need the wall,” Judd explained. “If we’re able to dictate, then we’ll be a lot more successful in being able to apprehend those that cross the border illegally.
He said the construction of prototypes is an encouraging sign.
“This is the business aspect of President Trump,” Judd said. “We’ve never seen something where they’re actually getting a bunch of companies to come out and make bids and put their own money into these prototypes.”
“This is the business mind that he brought to the United States, and the public is happy with it,” he added.
During the MSNBC segment, a Border Patrol agent told reporter Jacob Soboroff, “This is the reality of everyday border enforcement. The United States is still the draw, the ultimate draw for people that have dire situations where they’re at.”
Judd has taken his case for greater border security to Congress.
“I want to emphasize … that fencing is a tool that allows Agents to maximize their available manpower,” he said.
However, Judd added that the wall has to be part of an overall strategy Congress must support.
“It is not however a panacea to illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Illegal immigrants and drug traffickers routinely go over, under, and through the existing fencing that we already have in place,” he told Congress this spring.
“Fencing without the proper manpower to arrest those who penetrate it is not a prudent investment,” Judd continued.
He has also said that not every inch of the border needs to by physically sealed, because areas with easy access can be configured to allow Border Patrol to catch illegal immigrants in the areas between the sections of wall.
Judd added, “Border Patrol Agents do not believe that the entire 2,000 miles of the southwest border needs to be fenced to achieve border security.”
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