During the presidential campaign, the promised southern border wall was framed as a panacea for border security, illegal immigration, job competition with illegal workers, drug and human trafficking—most every problem that owes to a porous border. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly’s view is more nuanced. He told Fox News:
“Any discussion about the protection of our southwest border involves discussion of physical barriers but also of technological sensors…It’s got to be backed up by great men and women who are going to make sure that the wall is intact.”
The second half of that statement is particularly important, in part because, for years, the U.S. Border Patrol has not received the support they need to effectively secure the border. Even on the most aggressive construction timeline, the border wall is still a distant aspiration. Here are five steps Kelly can take immediately to amplify the Border Patrol’s efforts.