September 20, 2013
It was supposed to be a temporary border enforcement measure in El Paso, but 20 years later, Operation Blockade has become the primary strategy for curbing illegal immigration in border cities. And it changed the way border patrol agents do their job.
“It is all together different from when I came in to where I sit today,” said Mark Woody, Assistant Patrol Chief for the El Paso Sector.
Back when Woody joined the force in 1991, El Paso was a hot spot for illegal immigration and agents spent their day chasing hundreds of people who came across the border.