Gadzooks! Border Fence Not Really a Fence!
Atlanta TV station "exposes" cover up
"There's nothing here at the end of the fence," said recently retired Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez. -- (The quote was added by American Border Patrol to show how ridiculous this report really is.)
|WSB-TV -- Atlanta -- February 9. 2016
Leaked documents reveal serious issues at U.S. border
A Channel 2 Action News investigation discovered a spike in people from terrorist nations crossing our country's Southern border illegally.
Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant traveled to the area where public safety leaders are scrambling to close gaps.
The goal with this project was to get past all the rhetoric to figure out what's real.
Diamant says they figured the best place to begin was where the fence ends.
The federal government spends billions of dollars every year on border security. Still, a once-secret report paints a troubling picture.
For decades, El Paso, Texas, has been a front line in the federal government's fight against illegal entry to the United States.
"The one thing that keeps any of us up: failure," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Joe Romero.
Within El Paso, there are miles of high fences, surveillance cameras, checkpoints and an army of Border Patrol agents keeping constant watch.
"We don't look to target any one group, because we can't,” explained Romero. “Criminal elements comes from anywhere and everywhere."
Juarez, Mexico, a long-time cartel drug trafficking and human smuggling hub, sits only yards beyond a bone dry Rio Grande.
But just eight miles west of downtown El Paso in Santa Theresa, New Mexico, the border looks very different.
The big fence ends and is replaced by a short vehicle barrier. It's still pretty easy to get past.
There's a 5-foot buffer between the barrier and the Mexican border, which is marked by just a barbed wire fence.
No cameras are there, and just the occasional agent on patrol.
“There's nothing here at the end of the fence,” said recently retired Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez. “You can come up and make a bee line for the warehouses if you'd like."
Manjarrez brought the Channel 2 Action News crew to that spot to make one simple point.
"Pretty vulnerable, isn't it?" Manjarrez said.
Looking west, the porous border seems to go on forever --- countless spots to slip through.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Manjarrez - Seven Years Late
In 2009, American Border Patrol published an online map showing what the border fence looks like from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California.
It included photos of what the border fence looks like in the area covered by the above Channel 2 story.
Now, seven years later, retired Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez goes on TV to expose the border fence problem. Why did it take such a long time to tell this story? Because the work of ABP has been blacked out by the media --- including Fox News.