These are the kind of jaw-dropping numbers liberals don’t want Americans to know.
But they’re the only kind that matter when it comes to President Donald Trump’s plan to build a long-promised wall on the border of the United States and Mexico.
And they prove one thing: Trump critics who think a border wall won’t cut down on illegal immigration have never talked to a Border Patrol agent.
On a visit to San Diego on Tuesday to review eight huge prototypes of the wall he’s proposing, Trump got a welcome earful from one Border Patrol agent who described the merits of a border wall much less sophisticated than the one Trump envisions.
The agent, who was not identified, told Trump that border guards in the area had built the barrier from scrap metal.
“There was effectively no border in San Diego. It was a chaotic situation,” the agent told Trump in a video posted on YouTube.
“We set it in place really just to delineate where the border was. And it changed our environment.”
How much did it change?
Illegal border crossings dropped by as much as 95 percent, the agent said.
If a crudely constructed wall made of scrap metal can cut illegal immigration by 95 percent, just by being a physical barrier, imagine what could happen with a modern wall, equipped with advanced surveillance features.
Trump was obviously impressed.
“That’s 95 percent with a scrap metal wall that they just put together with excess materials,” he said. “And it worked 95 percent.”
Check out the video of Trump’s visit here:
And the San Diego experience is far from unique.
In the New York Post on Sunday, columnist Paul Sperry recounted how a two-story barrier of corrugated iron built during the George W. Bush administration cut illegal immigration in the area by 89 percent.
“When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251,” Sperry wrote.
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“They hit a low of 9,678 in 2012, before slowly ticking back up to a total of 25,193 last year. But they’re still well below pre-fence levels, and the Border Patrol credits the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from Mexico for the reduction in illegal flows.”
The effect on crime in El Paso was just as eye-opening as the numbers. Before the fence went up, according to Sperry, the sixth largest city in Texas was “mired in violent crime and drug smuggling.”
After the fence went up, Sperry wrote, property crimes dropped by 37 percent, and violent crimes by 6 percent.
Liberals have been opposed to the wall idea since Trump was just a long-shot candidate for the Republican nomination in 2015. They’re still opposed to it now that he’s the 45th president.
They say it won’t work, but in areas where the wall has been tried on even a limited basis, because the numbers tell the story — even with corrugated iron and scrap metal.
And they’re the kind of number liberals don’t want Americans to know.
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