Patrol agents discovered a tunnel under construction in Hidalgo, Texas that would have gone under the border wall.
The 60-foot long tunnel is reportedly almost impossible to see standing near the Rio Grande River. That's because it sits at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment, so you can only see it if you're on the river. Agents said they brought pictures to show President Trump during his recent visit.
"You've seen them on the news in Arizona and New Mexico and stuff like that but I've never seen one in the Valley,” Brand said. “That's the first one I've seen that's in our back yard."
"You've seen them on the news in Arizona and New Mexico and stuff like that, but I've never seen one in the Valley,” Orthal Brand Jr., who is president of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District 3, told the local station. “That's the first one I've seen that's in our back yard."
“It’s hard for me to put a piece of equipment on the edge of a 30-foot sand cliff, and reach down and try to collapse something, without putting my own piece of equipment and my operator at risk,” he said.
Brand said he is working with the Border Patrol and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to find another way to get rid of the tunnel. He told the Rio Grande Guardian earlier this week that his team also plans to enlist the help of an explosion company.
“My men climbed down and looked at it. It needs dynamite to blow it. I would like to praise the marine division of Border Patrol,” he told the international news service.
“Boots on the ground would not have seen it. Helicopters would not have found it. Drones, sensors, would never have found it,” he added. “You could only see it from the river. They looked at the cliff and found it. It was all covered up with bamboo and brush. It looked kind of dry, which alerted them to it.”
Perhaps we need my double wall proposal: Build two walls, 40 yards apart, and shoot anything with two legs that gets between the walls.
I was not serious, but it would work. Several responded that they like the idea. One suggested mines.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock