(CNSNews.com) - "Our immigration systems has some holes in it," Rodney Scott, chief of the San Diego Border Patrol sector, told Fox News Monday night.
On Sunday, a crush of foreigners from Central America literally tore a hole in a scrap-metal border wall near San Diego in their attempt to cross illegally into the United States. The U.S. Border Patrol repelled the incursion with tear gas, arresting dozens of people, including rock- and bottle-throwers, in the process.
"We've identified those (holes) for Congress," Scott told Fox News. "And long-term, I'm hoping that Congress steps up to the plate and fixes those to shut off the draw.
"But in the meantime, I'd like to point out that not a single migrant climbed over the new border wall. We have about eight miles of border wall completed here in San Diego -- unfortunately, that's not complete. So the military came over in the last several weeks to help us fortify different areas, but it's those weak areas where we have not upgraded the infrastructure that the migrants were able to breach."
At his campaign rally in Mississippi Monday night, President Donald Trump noted that "big sections" of his envisaged wall are going up, "but we want to finish the wall," the president said.
"We've got to get funding from Congress, and if this isn't the right time to get funding -- when you look at what's happening at the border -- there'll never be a right time, so we're going very strongly for funding for the wall."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the fight for border wall funding -- which Democrats and some Republicans oppose -- would have to wait until after the midterm election, when Congress gets to work on funding the Department of Homeland Security for the next fiscal year.
That moment has now arrived.
President Trump wants at least $5 billion for the border wall; Democrats, at this point, are not willing to go any higher than $1.6 billion.
When it's finished, the new section of border wall near San Diego will replace about 14 miles of an 8- to 10-foot-high scrap metal wall with an 18- to 30-foot bollard-style wall topped off with an "anti-climbing plate," CBP announced earlier this year.
The San Diego Sector wall construction is one of Border Patrol’s top priority projects, CBP said, given that the San Ysidro port of entry is one of the busiest border crossings in the world, for both legal and illegal traffic.