A video that recently went viral showing a migrant successfully climb and cross the newly erected border wall between the United States and Mexico is missing key details, a U.S. Border Patrol agent said in response.
Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Joshua Devack said the initial video deceptively suggests the wall does not work, which could not be further from the truth.
The Western Journal reports the video in question was a “38-second viral clip was posted to Twitter on Tuesday by photojournalist J. Omar Ornelas.”
— J. Omar Ornelas (@fotornelas) December 4, 2019
Devack responded in a video of his own on social media, reportedly standing in the very spot of the border wall where the viral video was recorded.
“Less than 24 hours ago, a video clip showed up on both Facebook and Twitter showing an individual climbing the border wall,” Devack said.
“I’m standing in the exact location where this incident took place,” he added, “and I will provide you with the information that that video clip could not.”
The Western Journal reports:
Devack then explained that the border wall apparatus isn’t simply a wall — but rather an entire system of measures that worked perfectly to apprehend the individual from the viral clip.
Along with the physical barrier, superior lighting, detection technology and improved patrol roads give agents the ability to quickly react to anyone attempting to enter America illegally.
According to Devack, the suspect who crossed the wall was apprehended shortly after entering the United States.
The apparent illegal alien is a 16-year-old, which Devack said fits with criminal organizations’ tactics of using young people to do their dirty work.
With enough time and resources, any wall that could be reasonably constructed at the border would be climbable. This is why the U.S. Border Patrol has these extra measures in place to detect, alert, and track individuals who get passed it. The wall is a frontline defense with efficient supporting mechanisms in place.
Watch Devack’s comments below:
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The border wall system worked exactly as designed. The illicit traffic was slowed down, the detection technology alerted @CBPElCentro USBP agents, agents responded, and the subject was apprehended. pic.twitter.com/N9bLpob9Zg
— CBP (@CBP) December 5, 2019