EL PASO – In response to the increasing number of migrants in caravans from Juarez, and Piedras Negras, Mexico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is installing razor wire at different ports of entry.
Even after city officials and Mayor Dee Margo argue that El Paso is a safe city, they continue to work with CBP to increase security efforts as migrants overwhelm border patrol.
In a news release CBP said, To prevent the ports of entry from being overrun, they are being hardened with concrete K-rails and concertina wire.” These specific ports of entry are where CBP has seen large numbers of migrants waiting to seek asylum.
Other border areas – such as California and southern Texas – have taken the same precaution and used the same material.
Adding these precautions during a time when immigration and border security is an ongoing hot political topic has been deemed unnecessary by Democrats like Rep. Veronica Escobar. Rep. Escobar does not want ports of entry to “become militarized zones based on a misguided policy rooted in fear.”
CBP, being at the front of the lines of border security, responded to any skeptics.
“Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us; it is vital that we are prepared prior to when they arrive at the border crossing,” said CBP Director of Field Operations in El Paso.
“The safety and security of our communities, members of the traveling public, international trade, CBP personnel and our facilities is paramount.”