U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced the awarding of a second contract to begin construction of new border walls in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. The contract calls for the building of approximately eight miles of new or replacement border barriers beginning in February 2019. Dubbed RGV-02, the CBP and USACE awarded a contract to build five segments of enhanced border barriers in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV). The RGV Sector is the nation’s busiest in terms of the number of apprehensions of illegal immigrants, family units, and unaccompanied minors, according to CBP reports. The five segments will be located south of the border communities of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progresso, and Mercedes, Texas, according to CBP officials.Plans call for the construction of new barriers and improvements to existing concrete levee walls along the Rio Grande River border that separates Texas and Mexico. New tactical infrastructure will … [Read more...] about Feds Ink Second Contract for Border Walls in South Texas
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Could a non-lethal defensive system developed by the Department of Defense nearly ten years ago play a role in deterring large groups of migrants from storming across the U.S. border? The system, referred to as a Solid State Active Denial System (SSADS), creates an intolerable pain response without causing any injury or long-term effects and forces the target to flee from the area. A video released by the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012 shows a demonstration of the SSADS that shows its effectiveness against an individual or a large crowd. The system utilizes an RF system to create a sensation of intense heat forcing the subject or subjects to quickly retreat.The demonstration takes place at Quantico, Virginia, and shows the reaction of an angry mob to the defensive system. It also shows its effectiveness against individuals who can be specifically targeted, such as the leaders of a group. Image: Department of Defense Another video released earlier this year shows more detail about how … [Read more...] about Could DOD’s Active Denial System Stop Caravan Migrants 700 Yards from Border?
The apprehension of migrants between ports of entry in October hit its highest level since the election of President Donald Trump. In October 2018 alone, Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 51,000 illegal immigrants. The Southwest Border Migration Report issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week revealed that Border Patrol agents in the nine sectors that make up the U.S.-Mexico Border apprehended 50,975 migrants who illegally crossed the border between ports of entry. This represents the highest number since the previous record set in November 2016 (47,211), the month U.S. voters elected President Trump.While the increase from November 2016 to October 2018 represents only an eight percent increase, the demographics of those migrants are dramatically different. During November 2016, agents apprehended 15,558 Family Unit Aliens (FMUA). Those numbers jumped in October 2018 to 23,121 — an increase of 49 percent. Migrant apprehensions also make a dramatic jump … [Read more...] about Migrant Border Apprehensions at Highest Level Since Trump’s Election
Border Patrol agents assigned to an immigration checkpoint in South Texas apprehended 81 migrants being smuggled in a refrigerated tractor-trailer. Elsewhere in the sector, Zapata Station agents disrupted another smuggling attempt and apprehended six foreign nationals. Laredo Sector agents assigned to the Interstate 35 immigration checkpoint on November 9, located between Laredo and San Antonio, observed a red tractor pulling a white refrigerated trailer approaching for inspection. During the initial interview with the driver, the agents learned that the license plate had a stolen license plate, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.The agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection station. During a walk around the trailer, a K-9 agent alerted to the possible presence of drugs or human cargo. Agents also noted the locked trailer displayed a fictitious seal, officials stated. The agents unlocked the trailer and discovered 81 migrants who had been locked … [Read more...] about 81 Migrants Found in Refrigerated Trailer near Texas Border
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 450 migrants, mostly from Central America, who illegally crossed the border on Tuesday and Wednesday. The migrants exploited weaknesses in older technology to cross over and burrow under the existing barrier. During a two-day period beginning on November 6, agents assigned to the Yuma Station apprehended large groups of migrants who illegally crossed the border east of the San Luis Port of Entry. The nearly 45o migrants who mostly travelled to the U.S. from Central America ranged in age from two-years-old to 48, according to information provided to Breitbart News by Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials.A Yuma Station camera operator observed a large group of 82 illegal aliens crossing from Mexico into the U.S. by climbing over the legacy “landing mat border wall” east of the San Luis Port of Entry, officials stated. The operator dispatched agents to respond to the area. When they arrived, the group surrendered to the agents. … [Read more...] about 450 Central American Migrants Apprehended at AZ Border in 48 Hours