This is why we have to remain vigilant despite building border walls & having BP agents on patrol. Cartels will do whatever it takes to smuggle illegal aliens & drugs across the border, which includes tunneling under walls. This is especially concerning as our country deals with the coronavirus pandemic, as illegals who have the disease could be entering & spreading it. At our first border wall project in Sunland Park, New Mexico, we installed underground motion sensors that detect tunneling & movement out to 40 feet on each side of the border. We also installed security cameras that run 24/7. We have had zero reported crossings or tunnels since we completed that wall.
YUMA, Ariz. –Yuma Sector Border Patrol and special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) responded to a report of a possible sinkhole or tunnel at the international border west of the San Luis Port of Entry Monday.
Contractors working on the wall project had been moving soil in the area when they uncovered plywood and boards, which agents later determined to be possible tunnel shoring. After further excavation the incomplete tunnel measured approximately 8 to 12 ft below the surface of the ground at the location of the sinkhole. This is the sixth tunnel discovered in the Yuma Sector area of responsibility.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents, in conjunction with HSI special agents, began coordinating with our counterparts in Mexico to secure any possible entry locations. A cadre of Mexican military officials arrived and secured a similar sinkhole on the Mexican side of the fence, approximately 10-12 ft south of the original hole. Upon further excavation of the sinkhole on the Mexican side, military officials discovered an aluminum ladder approximately 6-8 ft in length within the hole which was promptly removed by the Mexican authorities at tunnel entrance in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico.
Law enforcement on both sides of the fence will continue to monitor and inspect the tunnel. Investigations are ongoing. Additional details will be released as they become available.
Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.
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CBP Arrests Previously Deported Gang Member With Long Rap Sheet
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced Tuesday that it arrested a foreign gang member who had wreaked havoc across America, committing multiple crimes in multiple states.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member east of Lukeville, Arizona, late Saturday evening,” according to a press release.
Carlos Flores-Marquez, 37, was caught attempting to cross into the United States through the desert. He admitted to being a member of the brutal Salvadoran MS-13 gang, known for committing heinous and violent crimes in the United States.
He also told agents he had been deported from the United States.
As it turns out, that deportation occurred earlier this year.
During Flores-Marquez’s processing, CBP found that he had “an extensive criminal history in Arizona, Florida and Virginia, where his 2016 arrest led to convictions for multiple felonies in Abermarle County.”
“Flores-Marquez now faces federal prosecution for immigration violations, as he is a previously deported felon,” the press release said.
CBP also explained the process by which it identified illegal aliens.
“All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified,” according to the release.
CBP has said that the amount of interactions will illegal border crossers has sharply declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, and since President Donald J. Trump closed the borders to non-essential travelers.
Still, more than 4,000 would-be illegal aliens are being intercepted by the federal law enforcement entity each month.
Sanctuary State Demands Tighter Border Security Amid COVID Pandemic
The state of California, infamous for its “sanctuary” policies which protect illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities, has called for stricter border security measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, eliciting a response from President Donald J. Trump.
Kristin Gaspar, a San Diego County Supervisor, reportedly sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence saying that medical professionals in the county are “increasingly worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in northern Mexico” and that the county has seen “a sudden influx of critically ill patients from Mexico.”
President Trump, a border hawk whom the political left, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have fought tooth-and-nail in his efforts to secure the U.S. southern border, responded to the news on Twitter.
“Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!” he said.
Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2020
The acknowledgement from the far-left state that open borders and mass migration might harm Americans is the first of its kind during the Trump presidency.
The border is officially closed to non-essential travelers and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has recorded a sharp decline in interactions with illegal border crossers during the pandemic.
Still, thousands are crossing the border legally at the San Ysidro-Tijuana port of entry, just south of San Diego.
According to Fox News, even large healthcare organizations are calling for tighter border security measures during the pandemic.
The news titan noted that “Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder and Sharp HealthCare COVID‐19 Strategic Response Executive Consultant Daniel Gross wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf asking for help in dealing with coronavirus cases at the border.”