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Border Patrol Chief apologizes after binational garden bulldozed

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 20:04:57-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Chief Border Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison apologized Wednesday after a binational garden at the border was bulldozed.

Harrison said on Twitter he met with Friends of Friendship Park and apologized for the “unintentional destruction of the garden.”

“The original intent was to have the garden trimmed. We take full responsibility, are investigating the event, & look forward to working with FoFP on the path forward,” Harrison continued.

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Earlier in the month, Harrison said the binational garden was being used to cover for illegal activities happening at the border.

“Measures had to be taken to eliminate the vulnerability.”

More specifically, Harrison said the border fence adjacent to the garden was compromised, modified and the garden was being used as a cover to hide smuggling activities.

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“The Imperial Beach Station took measures to eliminate that vulnerability,” a statement posted by Harrison on Twitter read.