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At Border, Harris Accidentally Visits City that Proves Walls Work

AMAC Exclusive by Seamus Brennan


Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to El Paso, Texas today was probably not intended to showcase the success of the Trump administration’s immigration and border enforcement policies. But Harris has nevertheless picked the perfect city from which to learn what policies have actually worked to secure the border. The only way she could learn more about the border than by choosing to go to El Paso would be if she had invited former President Trump to join her.

Harris may not know it, but El Paso has played a definitive role in the decades-long fight to curb illegal immigration along the U.S. southern border stretching all the way back to when the city was the initial headquarters of U.S. Border Patrol.

Under the deportation policies of the early 1990s, Border Patrol agents apprehended as many aliens as they could, but even those deported generally found ways to make it back across the border in the following days and weeks. Observing the ineffectiveness of this approach, Silvestre Reyes, then-Chief of the El Paso Sector of Border Patrol, decided that deterring illegal entry into the country altogether was a more efficient strategy than focusing solely on apprehensions.

“They thought I was crazy,” Reyes said. “But I told them: ‘I’m not interested in apprehensions. I’m not interested in generating numbers. I’m interested in controlling the border.’”

Under Reyes’s leadership, Border Patrol’s Operation Hold the Line increased the volume of border agents and dramatically improved the physical barriers already in place in El Paso starting in 1993. The Operation began as a 20-mile blockade of 400 agents and vehicles every 100 yards along the border on each side of El Paso. It established the border control strategy that influences our nation’s immigration policies to this day.

As a result of Reyes’s groundbreaking initiative, border apprehensions dropped from nearly 300,000 to under 80,000 per year—culminating in over a 70 percent reduction. With the implementation of Operation Hold the Line, Reyes not only proved to his city, his state, and his country that borders can in fact be secured, but also provided the model for border security and immigration policies for years and decades to come. Following the success of the Operation, Congress allocated funds to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service so that Reyes’s “extremely effective border patrol model” could be replicated in other parts of the country.

Reyes was later elected to Congress, where he served eight consecutive terms as a Democrat and as the first Latino to represent El Paso.

In the 13 years after Operation Hold the Line was implemented, violent crime dropped by more than 34 percent. Since 1993, the year the Operation was put into effect, illegal immigration dropped 95 percent in the area over the course of 22 years. Additionally, since fencing in the region was completed, the city’s drug smuggling fell considerably, with marijuana and cocaine seizures cut in half.

During the Trump Administration, El Paso rose to become one of America’s safest cities—even in spite of its nearness to the border and close proximity to Juarez, Mexico, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In 2019, Juarez had 1,499 murders, while El Paso only had 40. Since El Paso’s border barrier was completed, motor vehicle thefts plummeted by 60 percent. Burglary cases similarly decreased from 7,655 in 1993 to 1,297 in 2017.

When President Trump left office, El Paso had 131 miles of fully constructed border wall and experienced an overwhelming cutback in drug and smuggling activities in places where new border wall had been constructed. In two of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s El Paso zones, apprehensions decreased by as much as 80 percent from the first half of fiscal year 2020 to its second half.

By visiting El Paso today, Vice President Harris has unwittingly recognized the Trump Administration’s success in securing our border. Through the innovation of Operation Hold the Line and the policies and strategies it yielded, El Paso set the gold standard for a city that knows how to secure its borders and protect its communities—and other cities and states ought to follow its example. The Sun City was the perfect place for Harris to visit, but not for the reasons she thinks: El Paso is an ideal place not to downplay a crisis, but to show the country how to avert one. Leaders and elected officials should follow Silvestre Reyes’s lead and enact policies and systems that secure the border in ways that work.

In the end, the Vice President’s visit today may not have succeeded in anything other than inadvertently highlighting the effectiveness of the border policies she ran against. Let’s hope the rest of the nation can see what she couldn’t.

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2 months ago

This woman does not understand the meaning of wrong.She has proven she cannot do the job in front of her so how would she be able to as president. it makes me shudder to think this idiot could be president. I plan to vote against all Liberals for as long as i am on earth and can vote! They have gone on to be all criminals and terrorists!

Michael Thurber
3 months ago

An idiot.

Linda Johnson
3 months ago

Biden/Harris are jokes!!!!! Neither care about the border!!!!! All they care about is what they can get out of anything they promote. And they definitely DO NOT love America!!!!!!

3 months ago
Reply to  Linda Johnson

The plan is have all the Illegals to be able to vote for them again. Because the only votes they could get over here are from the Cemetery. Since they can’t get the American people to vote for them.

Ron Howard
3 months ago
Reply to  Geri74

I wish that was true!

Henry L Rosson
3 months ago

Biden , Harris and co-harts are doing exactly what they intended to do, it is the non informed voters that are to blame, or fraud, I vote the latter. My hope is in God, in being doers of the work and not hearers only.

2 months ago
Reply to  Henry L Rosson

We get no information from them. We do not know what they plan to do from one minute to the next. All we know is that it will be against the American people no matter what it is. We know it will not be good, it is a power and money trip for them always!

3 months ago

When the need for votes overrides America’s safety it is time to VOTE the ‘stinkers’ OUT. It should always be AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS FIRST.

3 months ago

David P Nelson
3 months ago

I’ll never understand why if ‘something’ works do Factions try to dismantle it.

Vera Moran
3 months ago

I am horrified at Kamala Harris and her dumbness of the border crisis! She made an idiot out of herself and did not do anything! These evil people need out of office! We need a secure border and drug crime to be non existent and that will never happen under this Biden/Obama/harris/Pelosi/ schummer administration! We were a strong America under the Trump Administration and the world knows it except the blinded idiots following this clown circus is office now! I respect what the Border police try to do every day!! Kamala just went to the 1000 mike away from the real crisis, only because President Trump is going down! He will make a difference, people respect him and he Loves America!

Ron Howard
3 months ago
Reply to  Vera Moran

Before Harris finally went to the border a reporter asked her when she was going to visit the border. Her reply was, “I have. I have been there”. When the reporter asked her “When”? Her reply was “Well I have never been to Europe either. So what has that got to do with anything”? She lied, confessed, then showed no interest in the border that she is responsible to fix.

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Barbara Prichard
3 months ago

I believe Kamala Chameleon Harris’s trip to the border was as fake and changeable as she is for anyone who she comes in contact with..that’s a Chameleon. Sending her anywhere is a Waste of.taxpayers money..She shouldbe removed from her position . My opinion.

Vera Moran
3 months ago


3 months ago

It’s easy as DDD, border is about more dumb,dependant democrat voters!
This party of divisiveness, hate and racism has practiced this playbook for 50 years!!
Until people wise up and stop voting for them and their lies, it won’t end!
Look at their history, one dependant ,disappointed group after another, but they keep voting them in.

3 months ago


3 months ago

I lived in El Paso during Silvestre Reyes hold the line initiative. The lowered crime rate was popular with all the citizens, at that time 75% Hispanic. The poor neighborhoods had the greatest drop in crime and the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce had a front page article lauding Reyes success.
Que Mala Harris probably thought she was choosing a city of Democrat cohorts who would cheer her on and would give her great reviews. On the contrary, she was met with people who know how important border security really is. It was a fool’s errand, by a fool.

3 months ago

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Merrell John
3 months ago

She went to El Paso for the optics and to show the country there are no border problems. This article is 100% on the mark.

Vera Moran
3 months ago
Reply to  Merrell John

Truth! She was a fake ass person trying to downplay the seriousness of this crisis and missed the mark about 1000 miles

3 months ago

Too funny… Que Mala thinks were too stupid to figure out the only reason her handlers forced her near the border was for political optics and an attempt to over shadow President Trump!

Vera Moran
3 months ago
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3 months ago

So, this should really backfire on the VP and the administration! Where’s the news media on this major ‘faux pas’. Are people really that blind, ignorant or just stupid???? Oy!

Van Heywood
3 months ago

What a joke!

Miranda DeGroot
3 months ago

Very disrespectful from the congress woman to compare that place to “Ellis Island”. Those people who enter illegally through the Southern border; the majority have no respect for the USA. Some body has to ask the Biden-Harris administration How many more criminals do they need to import illegally from the Southern border for they to be happy? People need to learn how to do things legally and respectful of the laws of the country they desire to enter. This administration needs to enforce our immigration laws. A country without laws collapses. But unfortunately Biden-Harris and Democratic party are sooooo…. corrupt; they can’t help them selves.

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