The site where President Trump’s massive border wall project is coming to life is being put to the test….
in both Intel and Deterrence when it comes to illegal border crossings.
IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS: told Reporters during a trip to the border on Wednesday that agents have apprehended unauthorized immigrants inside the construction zone where eight border wall prototypes are currently being built.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego division chief Mario Villarreal said: “There have been arrests made where individuals crossed illegally into the United States,” he went on to say “We’ve had additional resources there in the form of our horse control and ATVs.”
THE PROTOTYPE: Construction zone is situated behind two barriers – one made of corrugated landing mats, the other of steel wire mesh – just north of Mexico, where border patrol agents have dealt with a particularly high volume of foot traffic for decades.
Flanked by rolling brown hills and sprawling beaches just 12 miles west, the Otay Mesa area is a primary target for border crossings.
In August, border patrol officers discovered a 328-foot smuggling tunnel near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, culminating in the arrest of 30 Chinese and Mexican nationals who had emerged from the underground structure.
After scaling the primary barrier down here, one of the most common ways illegal immigrants will overcome the steel mesh barrier is by cutting a small hole with power tools.
“It takes less than a minute,” U.S. Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos told Sources after he pointed out parts of the barrier appeared to have been patched.
“We had one to two cuts a day last year, and about 500 total.” He said
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