by Frank Holmes, reporter
27 million Americans watched Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night—but a much more honest, and more important, presentation took place in Congress a few hours earlier.
In his speech, Biden bragged that he now had “a record number of personnel working to secure the border.”
But two senior Border Patrol leaders just blew up his story that the border is secure… and endorsed the defining policy promoted by President Donald Trump.
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Earlier on Monday, the two senior border security officials told members of Congress that, if they want to protect Americans from an illegal immigrant invasion, they need to build a wall.
The two agents are Gloria Chavez, the chief patrol agent in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, and John Modlin, who holds the same position in Arizona’s overrun Tucson sector.
“There’s locations in my AOR, my area of responsibility, that requires barriers,” Chavez told Congress.
Chavez, who has 25 years of experience keeping America safe and secure, said border walls work.
“Gates are super important for us,” explained Chief Chavez, “and currently there’s gates that are not there that leave us vulnerable.”
The problem can’t be contained to one part of the 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, Chief Modlin testified.
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He wants the Biden administration to set physical structures in place in his sector to protect American citizens from human traffickers, the constant damage inflicted on the environment by the surge of illegal aliens, and drug cartels peddling deadly narcotics.
“In Tucson sector, everything south of the border is controlled by the cartels,” Modlin, who has also served for 25 years, told the hearing of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee.
Their combined testimony left legislators with no doubt: A border wall isn’t nice to have; it’s a must-have, the two seasoned law enforcement officers said.
Republicans in Congress brought that message with them to the State of the Union on Tuesday night.
When Biden said, “Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year,” they couldn’t contain themselves any more.
“It’s your fault!” at least one man in the audience said.
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When confronted with his own guilt, Biden just cracked a smile and kept right on talking.
Under Biden’s watch, overdose deaths actually topped 100,000, the majority caused by fentanyl.
The vast majority of fentanyl is made in China and hustled into America over the Mexican border.
“If Joe Biden were serious about wanting to crack down on illegal fentanyl distribution, he would start by securing our southern border,” House Republicans said on Twitter during the 73-minute speech.
Joe Biden has personally illustrated how well a border wall works. When he visited El Paso with Texas Governor Greg Abbott last month, he said he saw no problem with hordes of illegals swarming over the border…but, critics pointed out, he visited an area that had a border wall.
It gives the impression that Biden’s border blunders have been such an obvious failure that even Joe Biden agrees.
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On his very first day in office, Joe Biden signed an executive order demanding that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol halt all construction of the border barrier.
But as The Horn reported last fall, the Biden administration quietly began rebuilding parts of Trump’s wall on the border. Formally, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas signed off on the “Border Barrier Remediation Plan,” which will lay down bricks and pour cement all along America’s porous and open border with Mexico.
“As you can see, Biden didn’t keep his word,” one disappointed resident of Texas told NPR at the time.
It’s par for the course from a president who does one thing while millions of Americans are watching and another thing when the undeniable failures of his policies finally smack him in the face.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”