Border Patrol Agents claim more security is needed
During his visit, President Donald Trump was told about tunnels and other methods smugglers use to illegally enter the United States despite a wall.
Numerous Border Patrol Agents have expressed their support for a border wall. Officials told the President additional border security resources are needed due to the tactics from those crossing illegally.
"This is the second tunnel we've located. This is an area where we have a wall and technology," said Melissa Lucio, Mcallen Chief Patrol Agent, "That piece is really important to criminal organizations because they study and then dig under and this one is about 25 feet long and about 2 to 3 feet high."
Aside from Lucio, President Trump also heard from Hidalgo Anzalduas Port Director Carlos Rodriguez. He showed the president various types of drugs, weapons and cash that has been confiscated at checkpoints.
"These are 120 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 12 kilograms of heroin that were caught through a port of entry," explained Rodriguez as he showed an array of cash, drugs and weapons seized.
Many say these crimes would not be stopped by a wall, but instead by better screening technology and resources at the ports of entry.
"We need to give these incredible people the tools to do that, we're not doing that," said President Trump during his trip to the Valley.
But no new resources can be sent to the border because of the government shutdown.
"The government is shut down because the democrats will not fund border security," said Trump.
It's been 21 days since the government has shut down and is now tied for the longest shut down in American history.
"It's creating chaos in our communities, it fails us to have us the government meet the needs of the American people," said House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Friday is the first time federal employees will not receive a paycheck.
"In terms with pay they agree with me, many of the people, they agree with me," said Trump.
Not all of them do.
"It's worries, it's emotions, we don't know when anything is going to sort itself out," said Joana McLennan, a federal employee.
The president is considering declaring a national emergency, however the Senate and the House of Representatives would need to sign off on a plan to fund 25 percent of the government currently shut down.