The U.S. Border Patrol has been taking innovative steps to keep smugglers off roadways where they endanger the lives of their human cargo and others.
For the last year the Border Patrol has been placing barriers in the county's eastern desert to keep smugglers off Interstate 8. The interstate is only a quarter mile from the border and there is no border fence in the area. It is only open desert, so it is an ideal area for smugglers to try to drive from Mexico into the Imperial Valley and onto the interstate.
It is difficult to cover the eastern desert with the manpower the Border Patrol has. Thus, it makes sense for the Border Patrol to come up with ways to bolster its efforts. From what we hear from Border Patrol officials, the barriers are making a difference.
The barriers send one more message to smugglers — it's not going to be so easy to make it through the Imperial Valley, even in its most remote areas.