A Univision anchor suggested that it would be so much cheaper if border agents would simply duck out of the way of thrown rocks than having the U.S. spend the billions of dollars needed to build a wall.
Enrique Acevedo, was asked by Martha McCallum of Fox News if he agreed with a border agent who praised a new section of wall that was keeping border agents safer.
“Well, it’s always a good thing when we can keep border patrol agents, federal agents safer,” he responded. “I would just ask you, Martha, is it worth $25 billion to keep people 100, 200, 300 yards away from the border to throwing rocks at agents on the other side when you just do this (he ducked out of frame). Is that worth $25 billion?”
“They should dodge the rocks? You think they should just dodge the rocks?” asked an incredulous McCallum.
“Is it worth $25 billion to do that or can we invest that money in just smarter ways? I think we can,” he said.
Simple solutions for simple minds, right?
Acevedo frequently voices his opposition to a border wall.
Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona who is Co-Chair of the House Border Security Caucus offered his take on the situation at the border with Mexico: “The reality is, it’s a humanitarian crisis as much as anything else, and I think all of our hearts go out to all of these people who want to come here so badly. But they’re not doing it the right way. They’re trying to put themselves ahead of other people who have been waiting for literally years to get in here.
“But the problem that we face is,” Biggs continued, “if we don’t build a wall and you don’t change asylum laws and the other issues that we have, we will continue to overrun because we will not have put the deterrent into effect. And that’s the problem. We are incentivizing people to come here. And as long as we incentivize people to come here, they will come.
“We’re going to catch (people sneaking over the border) probably a little over a million this year and that will be the most in decades,” the congressman revealed.
On Friday, President Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California, where a recently renovated 2.25 mile stretch of border fence has been erected.
“We’re very appreciative of this wall,” Sector Border Patrol Chief Gloria Chavez said. “These men and women out here in the area of two miles were experiencing a high number of assaults and use-of-force incidents. This was prior to this wall being built.”
She pointed out that the see-through design of the new fence gives agents a big advantage because they can monitor what’s happening on the other side. She said, “We can see the adversary, we can see the threat.”
Chavez indicated that agents would have rocks and other items thrown at them on a daily basis. However, with the new section of fence those threats have disappeared. She said that assaults on agents have dropped 65 percent in that two-mile stretch and illegal entries have decreased by 75 percent.
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