The United States has cashed its first payment from Mexico under a new agreement to pass the cost of border fence damage onto the culprits, according to reports.
After years of U.S. taxpayers shoulder the financial burden of the daily destruction of barriers along the southern border, a 2019 agreement has gone into effect that requires Mexico to reimburse the United States for some of these costs.
“The US government has collected its first fine as part of a new bilateral agreement that requires Mexico to prosecute anyone who damages the fence along part of the southern border and send perceived sanctions to the United States,” the Washington Examiner reports.
The pact would apply to a stretch of old border fences in Southeast California, where some $ 396,000 in damage was sustained in fiscal 2019.
“We have just collected the first fine,” said Gloria Chavez, former head of the border patrol in the El Centro area. “It was like $ 600. The person paid the fine instead of going to jail in Mexico for damaging the border wall.
Chavez, who is said to have been instrumental in proposing and securing the new deal, says she is shocked at the ongoing costs associated with maintaining the fence amid a daily attack from foreigners.
“When I saw that number, I said, ‘Absolutely not. We need to do something more about it. We have to hold these people accountable who cut our border fence, ”said Chavez.
“Because look at the money we spend. These are US dollars that we spend trying to fix the chain link fences. “
While the deal currently only applies to the aforementioned region of California, Chavez hopes to expand it to include the El Paso area, where she is now in charge.
The Trump administration recently announced that more than 400 miles of new border fence system had been completed and that plans traveled 450 miles in the near future.
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