The head of the union representing more than 16,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents says there is sky-high morale at the agency thanks to the Trump administration.
"This president did exactly what he promised to do and we do have border security like we expect to see," Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News.
Then-candidate Donald Trump made border security a main issue of his presidential campaign, including promising to build a "wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border and deporting illegal aliens.
Some critics have scoffed at Trump's border wall plan as campaign rhetoric, while others have condemned it as a human rights violation, but a House Appropriations Committee allocated more than a billion dollars for the project last week.
"Bill allocates $1.6 billion for Trump's border wall," stated the July 11 headline at The Hill, the D.C.-based news website.
The same bill also added more than $600 million to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and $100 million to hire more Border Patrol agents.
Trump told reporters last week that he wants hundreds of miles of new fencing along the border, making the $1.6 billion just a start.
"This really is a start," observes Art Arthur of the Center for Immigration Studies. "And it's directed at specific areas of the border where a wall and physical barriers are needed the most."
Arthur tells OneNewsnow that the current heroin epidemic in the U.S. will be slowed with better border security.
Judd, meanwhile, described a "vibe" in the agency that he hasn't personally witnessed in his 20-year career.
"Something that we didn't see in the last eight years," he said, referring to the Obama administration.
The most infamous Border Patrol news during the Obama presidency was the 2010 killing of agent Brian Terry (pictured at right) during a gunfight with a Mexican drug cartel in Arizona.
It was later learned that not only was Terry shot and killed by a firearm related to the botched Fast and Furious operation run by the ATF, but some of the Border Patrol agents were armed with non-lethal bean bags in their shotguns despite their assignment to look for drug smugglers.
Then-Attorney General Eric Holder refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation and was held in contempt for refusing to hand over documents.
If the Trump administration continues to back border security, Judd said, "a clear message will be sent throughout the world that if you cross our borders illegally, you will be detained and you will be sent back."