New Mexico Fence Stops Narcotics and Reduces Apprehensions

Written by RSN

November 21, 2008 
Apprehensions Decrease in New Mexico Corridors Where Fencing Built
Columbus, N.M. - Apprehensions in 2008 decreased by approximately 67 percent along the New Mexico border, thanks in large part to fencing construction and the acquisition of other resources in southern Luna County.

Aside from the dramatic decrease in apprehensions in fiscal year 2008, the completion of the fence in Santa Teresa has also allowed for the re-deployment of some agents to other required locations.

Similarly, when 6.07 miles of pedestrian fencing was completed near the Columbus, N.M. port of entry, apprehensions in that corridor also dropped more than 60 percent from 2007 to 2008. Narcotics dropped by 100 percent during the same time period, according to recent data.

"It is clear that the implementation of infrastructure in targeted areas of New Mexico has had a tremendous impact on reducing the volume of apprehensions in those areas," El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez, Jr. said.

The Department of Homeland Security is continuing with its commitment to build a total of 370 miles of fencing along the southern border by the end of calendar year 2008. While fencing alone is not considered to achieve effective control of our nation's borders, they have proven to be both efficient and cost effective.

The El Paso Sector of the Border Patrol is currently in the process of constructing 80 miles of vehicle fencing in New Mexico; and approximately 56 miles of pedestrian fencing in New Mexico and Texas. The anticipated completion of these projects is December 31. The Border Patrol National Strategy calls for the proper mix of personnel, technology and infrastructure in order to gain operational control of our nation's borders.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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