February 20, 2019 / Modified feb 20, 2019 2:07 p.m.

Former Tucson Sector BP Chief Talks Defining Border Security

Victor Manjarrez said he believes the ongoing surge in asylum claims reflects a humanitarian crisis at the border.

This week, Arizona 360 embarked on a journey to continue our coverage of border-related issues. We traveled across state lines to trace the international border through New Mexico and to El Paso, Texas where President Trump held a campaign rally Monday. Our travels took us to the rally, and to communities along the way, where we sought to understand if rhetoric about border security reflects a crisis at the U.S. southern border.


The former chief of Border Patrol's Tucson Sector calls El Paso home after serving the agency for two decades. A native Tucsonan, Victor Manjarrez teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso and is associate director for UTEP's Center for Law and Human Behavior. Manjarrez shared his views about border security with Lorraine Rivera. 

"My biggest challenge when I was in the Border Patrol was getting clear definition of what effective border security is," Manjarrez said. "I think success, anyways, is going to look at a combination of personnel, tactical infrastructure … from roads, to border fences, to border barriers, to access roads, things of that nature, and technology."

Manjarrez said he believes the ongoing surge in asylum claims reflects a humanitarian crisis at the border. When discussing solutions to current disagreements over border security, Manjarrez said the issue has become so polarizing that it's unlikely any proposal would satisfy everyone.

"Especially in the last 30 years. It's either far right, far left, very few in the middle. And then the sides flip," Manjarrez said.

Arizona 360
Arizona 360 airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 PLUS. See more from Arizona 360.
MORE: Arizona 360
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona