Department of Homeland Security head, John Kelly, arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday just in time to not only inspect the wall but to get a firsthand look at a tunnel about to go under it.
Secretary Kelly was at the southern border of Arizona and California to visit one of the more complete and heavily protected areas of the present wall, after having toured the Texas border wall last week.
Mexican state police, acting on an anonymous tip that a tunnel was being built, arrived in the town of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Tijuana, Mexico, and went to a parking lot where they found a suspicious-looking man apparently guarding the entrance to the lot.
The man ran when the police arrived and he was captured and arrested. The Mexican police found the newly constructed tunnel in that parking lot with a vertical entrance leading down.
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The 34-year-old suspect had a 32 caliber handgun on him and admitted to police that he was hired to protect the tunnel.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, Lauren Mack, the tunnel was not finished and had not yet reached the United States.
NBC 7 interviewed Everard Meade, director of the Transborder Institute at the University of San Diego, who said that the border wall in San Diego does not deter drug smugglers.
Meade said, “We’re talking just about this physical border because it’s a good political symbol, but it’s not really how most people and things get into the United States anyway.”
Meade added, “The old analogy is, you build a 20-foot wall, they build a 21-foot ladder.”
Meade’s opinion on the subject of the wall and the drug smuggling is that the Unites States will need to work together with the Mexican authorities to stop the tunnels and smuggling from continuing.
H/T: NBC 7
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