Jeffrey argued that building an unbreachable wall at the border would be morally superior to enforcing the border through confrontations between Border Patrol agents and would-be illegal crossers.
“If you’re not going to have a wall stopping people, then what you’re saying is what you’d prefer is a confrontation between U.S. border patrol agents and alien smugglers and drug smugglers and other people who are willfully, illegally crossing our border,” said Jeffrey. “The superior option is build the wall; don’t have the confrontation.”
To illustrate his point, Jeffrey referred to a statement that Rodney Scott, the chief Border Patrol agent in the San Diego sector, made in an appearance on Fox News, in which Scott said that when caravan migrants approached the U.S. border near San Diego “not a single migrant climbed over" the eight miles of new border wall that have been constructed there.
Below is a transcript of a segment of Jeffrey's appearance on “The Sean Hannity Show” Friday:
Sean Hannity: “Anyway, Terry Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief of CNSNews[.com], Jessica Vaughan, the Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. Terry, we’ll start with you.
“I guess, the one thing is, I guess this wasn’t some big, you know, scare tactic of the president and Republicans because those people were never going to make it to the wall. Well, they’re there, and there’s some seven or eight thousand of them in Tijuana as we speak. And it’s become a major crisis now, and in many ways a health crisis for Mexico. And I wouldn’t mind if the United States offered humanitarian support for the people that are there. And I feel badly for them.”
Terry Jeffrey: “Sean, thanks for having me on. I agree with you. I think that what we saw happen in the San Diego Sector this past week demonstrates the moral superiority of securing our border with a wall.
“Rodney Scott, the chief of the border patrol sector in San Diego, said on Fox News – you had the quote at the beginning of this segment – that not a single migrant climbed over the eight miles of new Trump-era border wall. If we had wall like that in every space that we can get it from San Diego all the way across to the Gulf of Mexico. First of all, it would send a signal to people who were thinking about illegally coming: don’t because you’re not going to get there. Secondly, when people did get to the border and they found out they couldn’t get through, it would be a wall stopping them, instead of a confrontation with U.S. border patrol.
“You know, Chuck Schumer goes around telling people – I don’t believe him, but he says it – that he is in favor of border security. He just doesn’t want the wall. But if you’re not going to have a wall stopping people, then what you’re saying is what you’d prefer is a confrontation between U.S. border patrol agents and alien smugglers and drug smugglers and other people who are willfully, illegally crossing our border. The superior option is build the wall; don’t have the confrontation.”