Alternate Facts Prove Deadly at the Border



A day before a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed near El Paso, an immigration forum in San Antonio concluded that building a border wall is a “waste of resources.”

Such talk is cheap, and dangerous.

The San Antonio symposium — featuring open-borders advocates, left-leaning politicians and pseudo academics — parroted the Obama administration line that physical barriers are both unnecessary and ineffective. (Footnote: Obama was for the wall before he was against it, voting for it as a senator in 2006.)

Speakers at the forum asserted, improbably, that unnamed border agents oppose a wall because it “hurts security” and “blocks their view.”

That rhetorical line collapsed on Sunday when Customs and Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed and a fellow agent was injured. The agents were attacked in the Texas Big Bend sector, 450 miles to the west, notorious badlands with no wall and sparse security.

The deadly assault drove home the chaotic reality of America’s unprotected southern border.

In fact, border agents up and down the chain of command say a wall is essential.

“This is about the security and safety of the United States,” the president of the Border Patrol union said earlier this year.

Separately, Stuart Harris, vice president of National Border Patrol Council Local 1929, covering the El Paso Sector, said there’s little reason for controversy over President Trump’s wall initiative. “The wall is a combination of infrastructure, technology and boots on the ground,” he noted.

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A thousand miles farther the west, border agents in California say construction of a border barrier has strengthened security there.

Before that wall was built on this side of Tijuana, Mario Villarreal, chief patrol agent in the San Diego sector, recalled, “We couldn’t even go on the border because the road was horrible and they would pelt us with rocks.” Initial reports from Texas said agent Martinez and his partner were beaten with rocks.

Prior to the wall, people freely walked across the California border. Not anymore.

With the wall, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos reported, “We can show decreased numbers of assaults. Rapes, murders — it’s all gone down.”

The only people losing their vision at the border are wall opponents who remain willfully blind to the facts on the ground.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

4 Comments

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    Build the wall or declare the area a war zone, send military there fully armed to protect American from these people getting across.

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    Border patrol officers need to carry machine guns. If illegals don’t comply with orders: Machine gun them immediately. No need to get to close to illegals because you never know what they are going to do.

    Hire bounty hunters to patrol the border. Offer US$100 for any illegal taken dead or alive.