U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lists the benefits of a border wall and why walls work. The video explains the need for new and replacement barriers along the U.S. southern border and the benefits of this infrastructure.
Transcript: What does it mean and what does it take to secure the border? More people, more technology, maybe a border wall like the one between the United States and Mexico? It’s been the subject of nearly a million news articles and hundreds of speeches, but do walls really work? And, if so, how? As a Border Patrol agent, I can tell you walls do work. Before any physical infrastructure existed on our 2,000-mile long border with Mexico, vast areas were wide open, totally vulnerable. Today’s threats like terrorism, drug trafficking, and human smuggling demand sensible and proven responses. Consider San Diego. In 1992, agents in San Diego sector apprehended more than 560,000 illegal migrants. That was only along a 60-mile stretch, just 3% of the entire U.S.-Mexico border, but that stretch of border didn’t have much in the way of infrastructure. There were few barriers, patrol roads, lights, or cameras and there weren’t enough agents. 20 years ago in Yuma, Arizona, the Yuma sector was overrun by illegal migrants and drug smugglers. In 2005, each day averaged 800 arrests and the seizure of more than 100 pounds of drugs. Just as with San Diego, Yuma did not have the infrastructure or agents needed to secure the border. In 1996 and again in 2006, bi-partisan legislation authorized the U.S. government to build border barriers and, once built, the barriers made a world of difference. By 2010, apprehensions in San Diego had fallen from half a million to just 68,000, an 87% reduction. In Yuma, the story was much the same, year-over-year reductions in border apprehension, thanks in part to investments in border barriers, and this infrastructure proved to be good for our environment and our communities, too. In areas where we constructed barriers, deployed more agents, and gained back control of the border, natural habitats damaged by illegal migration have recovered. Piles of discarded debris disappeared. Neighborhoods and businesses replaced what was once lawless wasteland. A wall works best as part of what we call a border enforcement zone, which includes technology and patrol roads. Border enforcement zones can make a huge difference, but a safe and secure border ultimately depends on men and women in uniform on patrol who faithfully enforce our nation’s laws and ensure our national security. If you thought this video was helpful, please feel free to share it. Thank you for watching. To learn more about CBP, our mission, and our people, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or visit our website, CBP.gov.
Video by Michael Pope
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs – Visual Communications Division