(PatriotWise.com) — It was reported last week that the Biden administration announced that it was waiving more than 20 federal laws to allow for the construction of a border wall in Starr County, Texas, where Border Patrol has experienced “high illegal entry.”
After facing criticism over the administration’s about-face on a border wall, President Biden told reporters last Thursday that he had no choice but to authorize construction since Congress allocated funding for a border wall in 2019.
When asked if he believed walls worked, the president said he didn’t.
However, according to Townhall reporter Julio Rosas, several former sector heads for the US Border Patrol have made it clear that border walls do, in reality, work.
Former Del Rio Sector Chief Jason Owens, who is now the head of Border Patrol, said a border wall is especially helpful in areas where illegals can disappear quickly after crossing the border.
The former Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego Sector, Aaron Heitke, told the House that a border wall slows people down, allowing Border Patrol to have more time to respond and apprehend them.
The San Diego Sector of the US/Mexico border was one of the first to have barriers installed. Heitke told Congress that this barrier was instrumental in stopping the mass crossing of illegals that occurred in the 1990s.
Gregory Bovino, the chief of the El Centro Sector, said there was no border wall when he started working in the sector in 1996. Since then, many areas along the sector have a border wall. As a result, there has been a decrease in both pedestrian and vehicular crossings through the desert.
Bovino said a border wall gives Border Patrol agents an advantage in the El Centro Sector.
Faced with criticism from the president’s allies in the Democratic Party and the press, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas rebuffed the claim that the Biden administration had changed its policy on the construction of a border wall.
Mayorkas said in a statement on Thursday that the administration has been consistent in its position that a border wall “is not the answer.” He said that the construction notice for Starr County had been “taken out of context” and did not “signify any change in policy whatsoever.”
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