At Townhall, contributor Scott Morefield interviewed a former federal prosecutor who dealt with illegal immigrants and the things he had to deal with in that role will make anyone realize that we need stronger border security.
Matt C. Pinsker is an author, a national security expert, and criminal defense attorney. But he was also a federal special prosecutor (SAUSA) on the border. Pinsker literally dealt with thousands of cases in his job as a prosecutor.
Pinsker noted that he dealt with child molesters who were caught bringing children across the border, he saw girls forced into marriages with adult men, and adults lugging around kids who they did not even know just to get into the country.
The former prosecutor also noted that he prosecuted the same illegals over and over again who kept trying to slip back into the U.S.A.
I had multiple cases where the Mexican cartels abducted innocent Mexicans and, after beating and torturing them, forced them to illegally enter the United States, sometimes carrying drugs. One guy who initially refused and was stabbed lifted his shirt up in court to show the wound.
Many times defendants in court who were charged with illegal entry had scars on them which were the results of having been tortured. There were large groups of illegal aliens being held hostage in the US by cartels, being kept as prisoners in “safe houses” until their family could pay their “release fee.” When the families had difficulty, the aliens would be tortured.
Pinsker dealt with many cases of child smuggling.
“My greatest success may have been getting a judge to realize the severity of the actions of a defendant who was smuggling children into the United States, resulting in a heavy sentence,” he said.
But Pinsker warned that we are failing to secure the country with our failed border policies.
“Progress is not being made. In fact, we refer to it as Groundhog Day because it is the exact same thing, day after day. If anything, while I was down there the situation got worse,” he said.
And he insisted that walls work!
Walls absolutely do work. They work for multiple different reasons, but not for the reasons people often think. Interestingly, there is not a single mile of wall where I served, though nearly every Border Patrol agent wanted one in certain areas. However, right on the border itself is a community college that was having a major problem with illegal aliens and drug traffickers coming over the river and then cutting through their campus. They almost completely stopped it by erecting an eight-foot-high fence around the campus.
Here is what people misunderstand about walls. They are not 100 percent perfect barriers where if you simply put them up no one can get through them. Instead, they work because: 1.) They add just a couple extra minutes to an illegal alien’s entry into the country. Although this does not sound like much, this means that Border Patrol has a couple more minutes to arrive in time to stop the person. The problem we often have is that Border Patrol responds to motion detectors, but because of the vast distances they cannot get there in time, so the aliens are gone by the time they get there. 2.) If, rather than scale a wall, aliens go around it, this decreases the total amount of border which must be patrolled, thus allowing Border Patrol to more effectively deploy its limited man-power in what are essentially “choke points” between walls.
Democrats refuse to face reality and they are putting the whole country in danger.
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