UPDATED 9:10 AM PT — Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The head of the Department of Homeland Security Joint Task Force – West (JTFW) is reaffirming the importance of having a physical barrier at the southern border. In an interview Tuesday, JTFW Director Manuel Padilla Jr. said having a secure border is not just an option, but rather it’s a matter of national security. He also said illegal immigration is not only a problem for the U.S., but is a problem for every country where people are leaving from.
Padilla Jr. went on to praise the Trump administration for how it has engaged with Mexico and Central America in tackling and addressing the problems at the border.
“I personally am very hopeful and happy that the administration is shining the light on the magnitude of the cartel activity because I think once it reaches a certain level it should be intolerable to every American when we start seeing the atrocities and the violence of the cartels,” he stated.
His comments come as officials have reported a significant decrease in the number of apprehensions of illegal border crossers in recent months as a result of the administration’s strong stance on the immigration crisis.
“If we were to portray an objective picture of what’s happening on the border, I think every American will understand tha having a secure border is not an option — it’s a matter of national security,” said Padilla Jr.
In a joint press conference with Government of Mexico officials, .@JTFWest New Mexico West Texas Corridor launched Se Busca to obtain information on subjects and report human, drugs and weapons smuggling activity. Any information may be reported anonymously. @dhsgov @CBPWestTexas pic.twitter.com/g6ME6QQdOX
— JTF-West (@JTFWest) November 25, 2019