The US Customs and Border Protection has argued that radio ads in Central America are encouraging a wave of migrants to come to the US for the "American dream."
During a trip across the southern border of El Paso, Texas, Deputy Chief of Police Jose Martinez told Fox Business & # 39; Maria Bartiromo that "the word is definitely out" among future immigrants.
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"You hear your radio on the way to work, on the way to the supermarket and this country is announcing:" If you want the American dream, let us help you, let us teach you to enter the United States, "said Martinez .
The assistant chief patrol said the Border Patrol El Paso Station is "probably the busiest area in the country at the moment with illegal entrances," saying that most of those crossing into the US come from the "North Triangle" of Central America . , Honduras and El Salvador – as well as Cuba and Nicaragua.
Martinez also explained the details of the current steel fence along the border that was built in 2008. Showing Fox News the "mooring wall", he said the barrier is 18 feet high and initially hollow. Inside, the slats contain rebar and are filled with concrete.
US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who is also serving as acting secretary for Homeland Security, said last month that there is "an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis along our Southwest border, and nowhere has this crisis manifested itself more intensely than here. " in El Paso. "
Earlier this month, the El Paso section said its agents seized more than 71,000 immigrants attempting to illegally enter the United States between October 1 of last year and March 31 of this year. In comparison, the sector had just under 11 thousand seizures between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
President Trump said during his February State of the Union address that El Paso had "extremely high rates of violent crime" only to become one of the safest US cities when a barrier was built.
Local officials, notably former Congressman Beto O & # 39; Rourke, Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, disagreed with Trump's statement.
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"We built 600 miles of fencing and fencing on a 2,000 mile border. What this did is not in any way demonstrable has made us safer," O & # 39; Rourke told MSNBC in February. "It has cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and maintain, and has taken migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, most hostile stretches of the border between the United States and Mexico, guaranteeing their suffering and death."
Others noted that the fall in violent crime in El Paso corresponded to similar decreases across the country and noted that crime in the city occasionally increased from year to year despite the fence.