EL PASO, Texas – DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY): (10:08 p.m.) A 29-foot limestone statue of Christ atop of Mount Cristo Rey has not only brought the faithful from both sides of the border but also criminals who use the land’s vulnerability as a corridor.
“People that are into the drug smuggling and alien smuggling use this as a corridor to bring people across because there is no fence,” Ruben Escandon Jr., spokesperson for the Mount Cristo Rey Restoration Committee, said.
(3:50 p.m.) The U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso gave KSAT a tour on the south end side of the border wall, steps away from Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico.
Agent Joe Romero, a spokesman for Border Patrol's West Sector, said the Rio Grande in El Paso is much smaller in width than where it runs through in the Rio Grande Valley.
THE LINE: We are ‘SOUTH’ of the border but still on the U.S. side w/Ciudad Juaréz just steps away from us. The Rio Grande? It’s right there too but much smaller than what most people in Rio Grande Valley are used to seeing. SERIES➡️ https://t.co/t9E59Axdnq #KSATBorderJourney pic.twitter.com/R3GlDmTIQz— Adrian Garcia (@adrianrolgarcia) July 25, 2018
(12:10 p.m.) Less than 24 hours is the amount of time left for the federal government to reunite migrant children who were separated from their parents due to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
THE LINE: In McAllen, there are 4 billboards (2 English, 2 Spanish) saying, ‘Border Patrol: Children belong with families, not in jail.’ @ACLU tells @ksatnews they have been up since 7/2, w/ one near a federal detention center. SERIES➡️https://t.co/cyhXtWpDZR #KSATBorderJourney pic.twitter.com/Ij9kAdCFht— Adrian Garcia (@adrianrolgarcia) July 23, 2018
American Civil Liberties Union, a national nonprofit organization, posted four billboards -- two in English and two in Spanish -- earlier this month, with messages directed toward the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas.
(11:02 p.m.) Before KSAT travels six hours west from El Paso, Texas, to Nogales, Arizona, the U.S. Border Patrol's West Texas Sector shared information regarding its region.
Agent Joe Romero, a spokesman for the Border Patrol, said West Texas agents patrol the largest border metroplex in the nation of more than 260 miles. Romero said the sector has to deal with both the El Paso and Ciudad Juaréz communities, which have a combined population of nearly 3 million people.
THE LINE: #KSATBorderJourney is in El Paso talking w/ @CBPWestTexas, the largest border metroplex in the nation. Agents patrol more than 260 miles of border & deal w/ 2 communities (El Paso & Ciudad Juarez) of nearly 3 million people combined. SERIES➡️ https://t.co/zqoKVLCfFv pic.twitter.com/F6JmuYUUNM— Adrian Garcia (@adrianrolgarcia) July 25, 2018