Special Report part 2: Border reality check

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Special Report part 2: Border crisis reality check


SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — What Donald Trump said in his speech, the people who live and work along the border will be listening carefully.

One group will be paying very close attention, the Border Patrol.

The reality is, the threat is completely different today than it was just a few years ago.

The number of Mexican immigrants is way down, the number of people from other parts of the world is way up and that’s where it gets scary.

In this case, the problem is not a leaky border, the problem goes much deeper than that.

If you’ve been to the San Ysidro Border lately, you’ve probably seen it. The Mexico and American flags flying so close, they’re almost touching.

This is the place where American dreams come true, for those who do it right.

Bill Harris is on the front lines every day and he sees the changes every day. As a member of the Border Patrol, he feels good about the changes happening here in San Diego.

But in this line of work, there are things you can control and there are things you can’t.

No among of agents, fences or technology will fix the current problem.

While most Mexican immigrants are taken back across the border, others from around the world are generally not.

All they have to do is claim, "credible fear" and they can stay here. It’s called "asylum." And behind this movement, world-wide smuggling rings.

The problem is, many of these people have no identification, making it impossible to find out where they’ve really from.

Scary, but true.

So the men and women on the ground have a request, that goes all the way to the top.

Now, releasing all of these people here in San Diego is also the result of a very practical matter.

There’s simply not enough room to hold everyone who might be considered a threat.

The smugglers also know this and they take advantage.

So yes. America is still the melting pot and people who truly have a credible fear are always welcome.

But with smuggling rings, and terrorists, it’s a different threat at the border these days.

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