Nearly 400 migrants detained after crossing under fence into US
- Questions also remain about whether a wall would alleviate the humanitarian situation driven by an uptick in asylum seekers presenting themselves at the US border.
- Some border security experts have instead called for improving security at ports of entry and adding new technology along the border to detect and deter illegal crossings.
- Even as statistics show that nearly 90% of drugs that come through the southern border are concealed and pass through legal US ports of entry, Trump has insisted without evidence that a border wall will help drastically reduce the flow of drugs and crime in the United States.
Nearly 400 migrants burrowed under a fence on the US-Mexico border earlier this week and crossed into the United States, four sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
“It’s the largest I’ve ever heard of,” said Judd when asked if this was a significant number for a single group.
The incident comes as President Donald Trump continues to demand funding for new barrier construction on the US-Mexico border as the government shutdown nears its fourth week, saying there is a “crisis” at the border that can only be solved with the construction of new border walls or fencing.
The migrants were taken into custody about 10 miles east of the San Luis Port of Entry, along a stretch of the US-Mexico border lined with older fencing — steel panels welded onto posts that previously served as vehicle barriers, with little foundation to speak of.
“This old portion of wall lacks the improved concrete footer that new wall prototypes have which prevents easy digging underneath,” CBP said in a press release at that time.
The Trump administration has pointed to a reduction in border crossings from their all-time high in Yuma sector to make the case that walls work.
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