The Biden administration is outright lying to the American people when they claim that there is not a crisis at the southern border or that “we are making progress.” According to Brandon Judd, a Border Patrol agent who is president of the National Border Patrol Council, “This surge is bigger than we’ve ever seen before.” He was speaking of the “day-over-day increase, the week-over-week, the month-over-month” numbers. He claimed that the hands of the Border Patrol agents “are completely tied.”
We define a crisis when our resources are overwhelmed, when we can’t control the border enough, where the [drug] cartels are able to create gaps in our coverage, cross products that are very dangerous, and make money to where we can’t control the border or stop what’s coming in….
Right now, we’re at that point.
Rachel del Guidice said that the “proof of Judd’s perspective can be seen in the numbers.” She meant numbers that “continue to skyrocket” like the “178,622 arrests in April” that gave way to “180,034 in May,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The numbers continued to climb in June with 188,829 arrests at the border.
The Border Patrol was so overwhelmed in July that the agency released 50,000 illegal immigrants into interior United States without a date in immigration court. Axios reported that illegal immigrants “are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead,” but “just 13% have shown up so far.” This is an “unprecedented” action for the Border Patrol.
Judd put the problem squarely on the shoulders of President Joe Biden because he ended successful policies that working successfully to curb the illegal crossings. He stopped Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy where asylum-seekers had to stay in Mexico while their claims were processed. If they were fleeing danger in a Central American country, Mexico was the first country they would reach, so it would be the country to apply for asylum. Judd explained why this policy cancellation led to the greatest surge in history.
Once the Biden administration got rid of that program that was extremely successful, he reintroduced the magnet that is called catch and release….
That’s the magnet that draws so many people here to cross our borders illegally. If they know they’re going to be able to cross the border illegally just to get released into the country, they’re going to continue to come, and that’s what we saw. President Trump, he solved that issue with the “Remain in Mexico” program. But because that program has been rescinded, now we’re seeing this huge flood. We’ve never seen traffic pick up as fast as it has over the last two months. Again, and that is strictly based on policy.
The high traffic volume makes it impossible for the Border Patrol to do their jobs. “When the traffic is high, our hands are tied dealing with all of the unaccompanied children, the family units that are cross the border.” This problem pulls the agents out of the field and “allows the cartels to create artificial gaps in our coverage.” These gaps allow “them to cross their more dangerous products, such as the opioids, the cocaine, the heroin.”
Migrants are coming to the border from around the world. Judd said that he had caught migrants from Poland, Russia, Brazil, China, and “all over the world.” “You name it, and we deal with people from those countries.” There is a huge crisis at the border, and the fault lies with the policies of the Biden administration.