Just west of Naco, Arizona, former President Trump's 30-foot border wall runs through the desert and begins to ascend through the Coronado National Memorial and into the Huachuca Mountains – until it doesn't. Work was not completed. The Biden administration has ordered the termination of all work. Construction sites and crews are, essentially, idle – at the reported cost of over $1 million dollars per day in Cochise County, Arizona alone. Pictured: Idle equipment at a wall construction base in Cochise County. (Image source: Chris Farrell)
The surge of unaccompanied children and families to the southern border -- as well as the surge of non-marijuana drug trafficking across the border -- is a humanitarian crisis, a health crisis and a national security crisis. It all belongs -- 100% -- to President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
The illegal alien surge has been promoted and advertised for since June 28, 2019, when every single one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates raised their hands and said they would support free health care to all illegal immigrants in the United States. That was the first step in a cynical political ploy to permanently replace a segment of the American electorate with "more obedient voters from the Third World" -- while masquerading as compassion and care.
The Biden administration's "caged children" in the facility in Donna, Texas rightly get a lot of publicity -- but those are not the conditions along the entire southern border with Mexico. The facts and circumstances should not be lumped together or conflated. Naco, Arizona is not the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Naco has different circumstances and challenges.
Just west of Naco, former President Trump's 30-foot wall runs through the desert and begins to ascend through the Coronado National Memorial and into the Huachuca Mountains -- until it doesn't. Work was not completed. The Biden administration has ordered the termination of all work. Construction sites and crews are, essentially, idle -- at the reported cost of over $1 million dollars per day in Cochise County, Arizona alone. It is costing $1 million taxpayer dollars per day -- meaning more than $100 million so far for just one site -- to figure out how, exactly, to unwind the half-completed construction project, what to do with the supplies, equipment, debris, access roads, staging areas, water wells and pumps, electrical conduits and sensor assemblies – the list goes on and on. Reportedly, the Biden administration even likes some of the proposed improvements -- but there is no way in hell they will ever agree to building that damn "wall." Trump simply cannot be given that victory, no matter how practical and effective it may be. No wall. No way.
In places where the wall was constructed, the Biden administration has ordered floodgates to be left open along the San Pedro River valley in Cochise County, Arizona. There is no reason to leave the floodgates open. Border Patrol representatives will tell you very earnestly that the floodgates are essential for our maintenance of the wall and to be in compliance with our treaty obligations. Those facts are true, but they have absolutely nothing to do with why the gates are open now. This is the driest year in living memory in Cochise County. The San Pedro is bone dry. Grazing lands are dead brown and Martian red. Local cattle ranchers are trucking-in hay and feed to keep their cattle from starving. The only things moving along the San Pedro are illegal aliens and drug smugglers. Sure, leave the gate open. It is the Biden administration now.
The point of this essay is to get across to you that the state of what little is left of the US-Mexican border is complex. Different sectors have different geography, different illegal alien populations seeking to cross, different drug loads moving through the ports of entry or the vast stretches of "nothing" in-between.
While you are considering the human and dollar costs of Biden's "children in cages," consider the construction sites and equipment staged in remote areas, or the drug loads packed into Chevy Suburbans, stripped of everything in the interior but the driver's seat, and painted matte black for their 2AM runs north through the dry arroyo beds into the United States.
On Biden's border, enforcement is a thing of the past. Border Patrol checkpoints in places such as Arizona Highway 90 between Sierra Vista and Interstate-10 are literally a shell of their former selves, stripped of all staff and equipment. Some of that equipment was looking for people other than illegal aliens -- other people (terrorists) bearing ill-will towards the United States. The radiological detection devices? Gone. The license plate readers and recorders? Gone.
You see, border security is about more than Biden's caged children. It is more sophisticated and complicated than that. Mexico is an utterly corrupt, failed narco-state. The "best" thing Mexico has going for it is the "efficiency" of the drug cartels. How utterly pathetic and dangerous is that? Perhaps Biden's border legacy will be another type of 9/11 attack, launched across his now virtually non-existent border with Mexico?
Chris Farrell is a former counterintelligence case officer. For the past 20 years, he has served as the Director of Investigations & Research for Judicial Watch. The views expressed are the author's alone, and not necessarily those of Judicial Watch.