Border Patrol Agent Destroys 'Experts' Wall Arguments in Trump's Surprise Press Briefing


The Trump administration announced an unscheduled surprise briefing in the White House briefing room on Thursday, one in which President Donald Trump actually addressed the gathered media in person.

The impromptu event began with press secretary Sarah Sanders in her familiar spot behind the podium as Border Patrol officials filed on to the stage behind her. However, Sanders almost immediately turned the floor over to a “special guest” who would address the reporters.

The president began by wishing all of the reporters a happy new year and graciously congratulated Nancy Pelosi on being named Speaker of the House again, and suggested that the two of them would work closely together on a number of issues in the near future, such as on an infrastructure bill and other matters, which “will be a little bit different than a lot of people are thinking.”

Trump then issued high praise for the group of men standing behind him, prior to turning the floor over to them to share their first-hand knowledge of the need for border security — including a wall or barrier — to stem the tide of illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking and other cross-border crimes.

First up was Brandon Judd, a U.S. Border Patrol agent and president of the National Border Patrol Council, who immediately thanked the president for his staunch support for the men and women of the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

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“I’ve been a Border Patrol agent for 21 years, and I can personally tell you from the work that I have done on the southwest border that physical barriers, that walls, actually work,” said Judd.

“You hear a lot of talk that there are ‘experts’ that say that walls don’t work,” he continued. “I promise you that if you interview Border Patrol agents, they will tell you that walls work.”

Referencing an area in Arizona he had worked for ten years without any physical barriers on the border, Judd said that “illegal immigration and drug smuggling was absolutely out of control. We built those walls, those physical barriers, and illegal immigration dropped exponentially.”

“Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked, they have been an absolute necessity for Border Patrol agents in securing the border,” he continued. “We need those physical barriers and we appreciate President Trump and all of his efforts in getting us those physical barriers.”

Are you glad Trump provided the opportunity for these agents to share their experiences?

Judd also noted that the federal agents he had spoken with were in favor of the partial government shutdown over necessary border security funding requests, prior to turning the floor over to the other men on the stage.

Up next was Art Del Cueto, a vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, who also expressed gratitude and support for Trump and the shutdown in order to obtain what has been deemed necessary to protect the nation’s border. Noting that the border issue had nothing to do with politics, he asked the gathered reporters, “If I come to your home, do you want me to knock on the front door, or do you want me to climb through that window?”

Another vice president of the council, Hector Garza, took a moment to speak about the dangerous criminals his agents see at the border on a daily basis — murders and rapists and other serious criminals — and lamented that even after those criminals are deported by ICE, they “come right back into the United States.” He added, “However, if we had a physical barrier, if we had a wall, we would be able to stop that.”

President Trump then resumed his position behind the podium and spoke with the media for another moment, and reiterated the overarching message that “without a wall, you cannot have border security.”

He then thanked the men on stage with him for the job that they do and thanked the media for listening, and with that, the briefing was concluded without any questions from the media having been asked or answered, which caused a predictably indignant uproar from the press pool.

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The Border Patrol agents and union leaders on stage with Trump have years of experience in working to secure our nation’s border, and they know first-hand what is necessary and what works, regardless of what “experts” in the media may say to the contrary.

It was a smart move by Trump to give those men a platform to share their experience and knowledge with the media, as now the media will be forced to report on such and, in the process, undermine their own false narrative that border walls and physical barriers are useless and unnecessary.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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