Border Patrol chief agent of the El Centro Sector is praising the Pentagon’s decision to push $1 billion to help construct new barriers along 57 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and she outlined how U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) will handle the new migrant caravan headed toward American soil.
Discussing the situation at the southern border with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, Gloria I. Chave praised the Department of Defense’s efforts in helping out.
The Pentagon told Congress late Monday they will direct up to $1 billion to help construct “pedestrian fencing” along 57 miles of the border, which includes the Yuma and El Paso sectors.
“There are two things we are dealing with now: We have organized caravans, which started back in October of 2018, these caravans consistently keep us very tasked,” she said, adding that the second issue is the family unit situation.
“It has not stopped,” she said in regards to the increase of immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, “for us it is a humanitarian crisis and it’s also a national security crisis because the focus of our agents is no longer on that border security mission.”
She said CBP agents are “so tasked” that they’re having to shift their focus from border security to ensuring immigrants are provided aid.
Around 1,200 immigrants from Central America and Cuba recently formed a new caravan and are headed toward the United States, according to Reuters.
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— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) March 26, 2019
As IJR Red reported, the Pentagon transferring the funds to construct new barriers along parts of the southern border caused supporters of President Donald Trump to celebrate the decision.
“Christmas came early this week,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted late Monday in response.
[Update: 3/26/19, 4:25 p.m.]: Following the publication of this story, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee denied the Pentagon’s plan to transfer $1 billion to border wall construction.