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Former Border Patrol Agent Gives His Opinion On The Wall And Shocking Details Of Smuggler Tactics

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Roy Villareal, former Chief Patrol Agent for the US Border Patrol, appeared on Theo Von’s podcast to discuss the current state of the US border along Mexico. Theo Von is a stand-up comedian who moderates a YouTube podcast entitled “This Past Weekend” and addresses guests from all areas.

Roy Villareal headed the Tuscon Sector in Arizona on the border from March 2019 to November 2020.

“US Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of Border Patrol, has released limited details of Villareal’s departure as Chief Patrol Agent,” a report by AZ Central said.

Villareal expressed concern about the endangered areas and the kilometer-long gaps in the uniform border wall. He revealed how smugglers work, using human buses to dismount near a border area and distract the border patrol.

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Von asked the former agent about former President Trump’s plan to build the wall and whether he believed the wall would take effect.

“So look at Trump’s wall, again 32 years later. When I first came to the border police, there was very little infrastructure along the border. It was strands of barbed wire, if it was up at all, right. I remember going high speed chasing off the highway. We get in the dirt. We’re going through these gorges and stuff. And if another agent hadn’t yelled at me, I would have gone straight to Mexico, ”replied Villareal.

Mr Villareal said they arrested around one and a half million people annually in the late 1980s / early 1990s.

“Every night it was high speed chases, car chases. We trapped a thousand people a night and that’s just in a small station. I used to laugh because I remember when I got to the Border Patrol when I walked into a station and someone had a shirt for sale that had an agent on the back with an agent with footprints on his back. What’s that got to do? And he says: “Just go to the field, you will see.” And hell, you get overrun every day, “said Villareal.

The former agent recalled massive increases in illegal immigrants and how the border wall streamlined surveillance of the border by creating specific and strategic arrest points.

The solution with Trump’s wall

“People often think of the border again as this urban area, they can just drive up to the border and patrol very easily. If you go to the mountains, to the deserts, you need access. And what the construction of the wall was, we had access to certain places. So when we looked at Trump’s border wall, a new wall was being built. More importantly, there was a replacement wall. And I laugh a lot because people say, “Well, it’s not a wall, it’s not a new wall.” When you receive a new pair of shoes, do not name a replacement pair of shoes. It’s a new pair of shoes. So we built a new wall, which I believe 450 miles of wall was built, ”said Villareal about the newly built wall.

Border guards were able to analyze and strategize the new border wall. They could put a wall in the spot where they would keep people from coming to the US and they could also have an advantage in making an arrest.

Von asked if they were finishing the wall now or if they were going to stop the wall, and the former agent said there was a stop at the wall that was “very myopic”.

“So when you build the wall, you don’t start at point A and then at B and then at C. You have A and B here, an M over there, so you have areas that are open. So they will clear existing fences or classify for a new wall and then build and build in specific segments to complete the wall. So we have. Just in Arizona itself, probably about three hundred gaps, some as small as 50 feet, some as wide as a quarter mile, and other areas where the wall was built to the point where you put a gate in and out You need gates to go back and forth because of maintenance work on the fences, walls, and sometimes rescue operations. And I’ll talk about that here shortly. So they didn’t finish these gates. Now you have three hundred gaps in the wall, which means three hundred weak spots. Three hundred places where smugglers can bring people over, ”explained Villareal.

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