EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM) – The task to keep the border in El Paso with Ciudad Juarez safe during Pope Francis’s visit is a massive undertaking described by law enforcement along the border as “unprecedented.”
CBS 11 News was given an exclusive border tour with the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Unit aboard on of their helicopters.
CBP Director of El Paso air operations Rudy Maldonado said, “We’re going to be watching. It’s a matter of us watching things that people don’t even think of.”
Authorities will shut down a seven-mile stretch of border near the Pope’s mass location. They estimate upwards of 1 million people will gather on both sides to try and enjoy a glimpse of the pontiff.