DEMS/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “President Trump has called for a wall along the border with Mexico to stop undocumented immigrants and drugs from entering the United States. But Border Patrol agents on the front lines say they need more technology and additional personnel to curb the illegal traffic, according to a report released on Thursday [3-22-18] by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
The report was based on internal Customs and Border Protection documents from the 2017 fiscal year. It concluded that less than one half of 1 percent of the agents’ suggestions to secure the Southwest border mentioned the need for a wall.
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the committee’s top Democrat, said the report reinforced what she had previously heard from border agents and leaders at Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol…Officials at Customs and Border Protection called the report inaccurate, saying it confused how agents’ feedback about security vulnerabilities is used to develop programs to counter threats.”
-Ron Nixon, “What Border Agents Say They Want (It’s Not a Wall),” The New York Times online, Mar. 22, 2018