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Pentagon Preparing to Build Barriers Along Southern Border

The Pentagon confirmed that it is preparing to build barriers along the southern border should the President declare a national emergency.

“The Department of Defense is reviewing available authorities and funding mechanisms to identify options to enable border barrier construction,” said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Speaks. “As there has not been such a declaration made, it would be inappropriate to comment further on those efforts.”

President Trump has repeatedly said he is willing to declare a national emergency to build the border wall if Democrats are unable to reach a deal to fund the government and border wall.

“We have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” he said yesterday. “This is security stuff. This is a national emergency if you look at whats happening…and you just heard the statement they came in last week or this week from Pakistan…[border patrol] got them.”

The statement the President was referring to was made by Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz who informed him yesterday that his border patrol sector had apprehended two individuals from Pakistan on Wednesday.

Ortiz said that while they apprehended 450 individuals on Wednesday, 133 of those apprehensions were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico.

“That includes individuals from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, Ecuador, Nicaragua and on and on,” he said.

TX Border Patrol Chief Reveals Startling Border Apprehension Numbers

A Texas Border Patrol chief dropped some startling numbers on the President yesterday when he described how many of those apprehended at the border were from nations other than Central America and Mexico.

Speaking to the President at the U.S. border in Mission, TX, Rio Grande Valley Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz noted that while they apprehended 450 individuals on Wednesday, 133 of those apprehensions were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico–including two from Pakistan.

“That includes individuals from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, Ecuador, Nicaragua and on and on,” he said.

Ortiz said his sector has apprehended individuals from 41 different countries.

The border patrol chief noted that while it’s typical for family units and unaccompanied children to make up about 60 to 70 percent of border patrol apprehensions, “over the last couple of weeks where that number is less than 50 percent of the apprehensions we make here in south Texas.”

He continued, “So south Texas continues to lead the country in apprehensions as well as marijuana seizures in between the ports of entry so CBP and DHS are committed to both our border security mission as well as our humanitarian mission.”