Dem Rep Says No Border Crisis, Cites San Diego as Paradise, Later Admits Nearby Border Wall
In response to President Donald Trump’s nationally televised speech on Tuesday, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) used the city of San Diego as an example of there not being a crisis on the border and pointed to how it’s safer than the nation’s capital.
“So the president claimed that law enforcement had requested some $5.7 billion for the wall. He also claimed that Democrats requested it to be a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall. Is that true,” CNN’s Don Lemon asked.
“No, it’s not true at all. In fact, it’s interesting listening to all the rhetoric, I live along the border, about a little over ten miles from the border. It’s San Diego. I mean, it’s basically paradise,” Vargas replied. “It’s one of the safest places in the country. And the notion that we have a crisis there, a security crisis, is absolute nonsense.”
“But the notion that somehow we’re insecure — I mean, I have two daughters, I have a wife, you know, I come to D.C., I flew from San Diego today. I can tell you, they are safe. They are safe in San Diego, much safer than they would be here in D.C.,” he added.
Much later in the interview, Vargas did admit to the walls and fencing that are already in place along the border.
Border Patrol San Diego Sector Chief Rodney Scott recently showed 10News anchor Steve Atkinson on his section of the border wall:
Scott pointed to newly constructed steel bollard border barrier that will eventually be 14 miles long and 18 high on average, even taller in other areas. The upgrades are significant, Scott said, considering the ease individuals had in cutting through older fencing.
“On average there’s 3 and a half breaches in this per day,” said Scott, indicating patches in the fence that have been previously sawed through. “To jump the legacy landing mat fence, run up and start a cut in this fence big enough that you can actually get people through, is less than 2 minutes total time.”
In total, there is 46 miles of walls and fencing out of the 60-mile boundary between San Diego County and Mexico, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
The walls and fencing were a big factor in stopping migrants from overwhelming border patrol agents as they rushed the border near the port of entry at San Ysidro in November. They were eventually pushed back after agents fired tear gas.
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