President Trump made building more border wall on the U.S. Southern Border, and replacing ineffective barriers, part of his campaign in 2016. He’s pushed that agenda since taking office, and has constructed about 135 miles of border.
“It changes everything. There is a huge return on investment.”
Scott noted that illegal crossings at San Diego have all but ended, and that patrolling the new border wall takes 150 fewer agents, which saves $28 million per year. He also pointed out that better roads along the border mean less wear and tear on border patrol vehicles, which should allow the agency to get 100,000 miles out of them before they are sold, up from 40,000 to 60,000 with the old roads.
The drug cartels are having to change tactics. Whereas they used to simply drive across the border, now they have to dig expensive tunnels, which is time-consuming and not always successful.
In an area of Texas with new wall, illegal immigrants successfully pass through 4% to 5% of the time, whereas they had been passing through with a 90% success rate.