An MSNBC reporter got to see first-hand the struggles Border Patrol agents face every day in dealing with illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border—even why President Trump’s border wall is necessary.
As the reporter was discussing the wall prototypes that are being constructed near San Diego, California, a group of crossers hopped the existing fence.
“What happened?” the reporter asked as a group of agents on horseback approached the border crossers. “The people are crossing!”
“Almost on cue, a group of asylum-seekers, migrants not from Mexico, jumped over the existing fence to turn themselves in to border agents on horseback,” the reporter narrated.
“It’s like, a small group of three people jumped over in the middle of the day,” he told the agent he was interviewing. “There’s a girl there in a pink backpack. Can you explain to me what’s going on?”
What’s going on, he said, was a typical day on the job.
“This is the reality of every day border enforcement. The United States is still the draw, the ultimate draw, for people that have dire situations where they’re at,” the agent said.
“We’re going to continue to witness this. It plays out on a regular basis for us,” he added.
“And it did here just now,” the reporter replied.
Eight different walls, each 30 feet high, are currently being constructed from different building material. Four are made of solid concrete and four others are a combination of steel and concrete, according to NPR. One of them even has spikes on top.
The six construction companies are being paid $20 million by Customs and Border Protection to complete the prototypes. They should be done by the end of the month.