Sections of border wall are pictured under construction on February 13, 2020 in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. (Photo by PAUL RATJE/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Friday that building a border wall forces drug cartels to dig underground tunnels, which is what the Border Patrol wants them to do, because it affects the cartels’ profits and the Border Patrol’s Intelligence Unit can go after them.
Judd said the border wall, which is being built right now, has already shown to be effective along a 58-mile stretch of border that he patrolled.
“We’ve already added 100 miles of replacement wall. This is a new wall system that helps us secure the border better. I like to go back to my time in Arizona. I worked a 58-mile stretch of border. We didn’t have any infrastructure there. We didn’t have any border barriers there, and we were arresting over 100,000 people in this one small area a year,” he said.
“We started building walls, and those arrests have not dropped down to 10,000 a year. Physical barriers in strategic locations, they absolutely work, The proof is in the pudding, All you have to do is look at anywhere that we’ve built these physical barriers such as San Diego, El Paso, and in Arizona, and when we’ve done that, illegal immigration and drugs – and that’s a very important part,” Judd said.
“Drugs have gone down through those areas, exponentially. It allows us to dictate where illegal crossings will take place, rather than the criminal cartels dictating to us where they’re going to cross,” he said.
“And we want them to go underground, because what happens is this costs them an awful lot of money to do, and it’s cost prohibitive. If they can’t get their products across very easily, then they have to start expending money, which then puts a dent into their profits, and allows us to go after them with our intelligence department. That’s where we always want to be,” said Judd.