The Department of Homeland Security is allocating more resources to the border including more officers and barriers. This comes as the U.S. Border Patrol reports a rise in illegal crossings in the last few months.
Covering the front yard with Christmas decorations has become a tradition every December at Hector Prado’s home. Prado lives in a quaint community where many other residents also display their Christmas props and lights.
It’s hard to imagine the neighborhood as a place immigrants use to hide after crossing the border illegally. Prado’s home is located just two miles north of the Texas-Mexico border.
“There are other people who come and pick [immigrants] up,” Prado said in Spanish.
Prado believes that he’s seen the work of the Mexican cartels. Cartel activity is the worst-kept secret among the residents who, like Prado, prefer to keep to themselves.
“They will never be able to stop it. [The government] needs to get that in their head,” he said.
On the other side of the small border town of Hidalgo, by the border fence, newly appointed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen promised that more will be done.
“To address the large number of illegal aliens in the interior of our country, we are strengthening law enforcement by hiring 10,000 additional ICE officers,” she said.
Secretary Nielsen, who visited parts of the border on Wednesday, said that arrests of undocumented immigrants are on the rise.
“Yes, we are seeing an uptick in that and we’re finding various ways to deter that,” she added.
Some of the ways that the agency plans to do so is by adding more border gates and barriers while they wait for Congress to approve the billions of dollars needed for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Prado has seen the government spend a lot of money on border security over the years and doesn’t believe a wall will make any difference. Even so, he applauds the effort of the government to at least try.