Tuesday, May 24, 2016
This week, I am in San Diego with immprof Lauris Wren (Hofstra) and eighteen law students from around the country. We're all here as part of an intensive course offered by Hofstra Law called Immigration Law and Border Enforcement.
Yesterday, we toured the U.S.-Mexico border with agents from the U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego Sector.
Of the 60 linear miles of U.S.'s land border with Mexico in this sector, 47 have a primary border fence.
The goal of the primary fence is to prevent vehicles from traversing the border without authorization.
In addition to the primary fence, the sector has 13 miles of secondary fencing.
The base of the secondary fence is frequently cut during the course of unauthorized migration. (If you look closely above you can see rectangular patches amidst the weeds.) So, about three months ago this sector started a pilot project to reinforce the secondary fence with additional razor wire at the base of the fence.