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Contending that President Donald Trump has done an excellent job of enforcing immigration law, the president of the National Border Patrol Council said Monday that morale has never been higher among Border Patrol agents.
Brandon Judd, the union’s president, said on Fox & Friends that the Border Patrol was not allowed to enforce immigration law over the last eight years because of the Obama administration’s catch-and release policies.
When asked to explain why the number of illegal border crossings has gone down so significantly under the Trump administration, Judd said that a message has been sent that “if you cross our borders illegally, you will be detained and you will be sent back.
“If you’re in the left, right or in the middle, you have to say this president has done exactly what he promised to do,” Judd said.
“We do have border security like what we expect to see,” he added.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the number of apprehensions has dropped to a six-year low in July, likely due to the president’s aggressive enforcement policies.
Regarding Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, Judd said that the U.S. must “have to have a double-layered wall,” also known as a secondary fence.
“If you look at El Paso or San Diego where we did it right, illegal immigration has plummeted and if we do it right in strategic locations like what the president said, we’re going to control illegal immigration,” Judd said.
“I think it’s going to get done,” he said of the effort to build the border wall.
In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection solicited proposals for two types of walls — one concrete barrier and another consisting of alternative materials which might include energy-producing solar panels.
U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement entered “phase two” of the process in June, announcing that it would construct up to eight prototypes for consideration.
While they await the wall, Judd said there is now a “vibe” and “energy” among Border Patrol officers that he has not seen during his 20-year career.
“We signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job,” he said.