March 27, 2016
Border tunnels grow in size
Simple solution at hand
KFSN-TV -- Fresno -- March 25, 2016
Drug-smuggling tunnel found connecting California border city, Mexico
Calexico -- Four people were arrested and more than a ton of marijuana was confiscated after federal agents discovered a drug-smuggling tunnel that connected a home in California to a restaurant in Mexico.
The home is located at 902 E. Third Street in Calexico, a border city east of San Diego.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators said traffickers paid $240,000 for the property and built a brand new $86,000 home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in April 2015. The home had a hole in the living room giving access to the tunnel.
This is the first time that drug traffickers purchased property and built a house for the sole purpose of hiding a drug tunnel in the area, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Laura Duffy.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
What was good for freeways...
When I was a kid I watched as the Hollywood Freeway was built. Hundreds and hundreds of homes --- right in the middle of the community --- were moved to make way.
This was done with the power of eminent domain --- the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
Donald Trump has called for the creation of a buffer zone along the border. He is absolutely right. A 300-ft buffer zone would allow the construction of infrastructure, including fences, that would protect us. Installation of SEIDARM in that buffer would allow the immediate detection of tunneling.
What was good for freeways, is good for our borders.