‘It Used To Be A High Traffic Smuggle Area’: Border Patrol Chief Describes How Floating Fence Has Improved Safety At US-Mexico Border


Marlo Safi Culture Reporter
Font Size:

Border Patrol Chief Anthony J. Porvaznik gave the Daily Caller’s Richie McGinniss a tour of the southern border wall, and explained the tragic death that happened right before the barrier was erected.


After Senior Patrol Agent Luis A. Aguilar was killed while trying to stop a smuggler in 2008, the wall was funded and built at the Yuma, Arizona sector area. 

Porvaznik explains how the border structure has made the area safer for those who visit there for recreational purposes and also for residents nearby concerned about their security. (RELATED: Illegal Crossings Plummet As Coronavirus Pandemic Shuts Down Border)

“It used to be a high-traffic smuggle area and now it’s rare to get traffic,” Porvaznik said. 

He also describes an incident where smugglers trying to cross the border using steel ramps with a Jeep ended up stuck, and the vehicle was left teetering on the 16 foot wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

“The people who come out here for legitimate recreation are much safer, and we don’t have dope smugglers trying to blend in with traffic and then potentially jeopardizing the safety of the people out here.”

Check out TheDC’s fantastic videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel to avoid missing out.