The migrant crisis that is continuing to unfold at the southern border is “horrific” and absolutely needs a return to the Trump era “Remain in Mexico” policy, according to the leader of the Border Patrol union.
National Border Patrol Council Vice President Art Del Cueto recently spoke with the folks over at Fox News where he said “there is no end in sight” the current surge of migrants cross the border “unless you go back to the policies that worked under the last administration.”
“The ‘Remain in Mexico’ [policy] was the humane way to do things because it fast-tracked those that had real asylum claims and at the same time, it discouraged all the people that are coming across right now finding those loopholes in our immigration system,” Del Cueto went on to say.
Del Cueto said no progress has been made since Vice President Kamala Harris visited the border in late June, three months after President Joe Biden named her to lead the efforts to restrict immigration from Mexico and Central America.
“If what they mean by progress is allowing people to enter and break our laws, then I guess, you know, in their eyes, that’s progress,” Del Cueto said during his chat with Fox News. “But realistically, there’s been no progress.”
U.S. authorities apprehended about 210,000 migrants at the border in July, according to the Associated Press. That was up from 188,829 apprehended in June and the highest number of border apprehensions in more than 20 years.
A total of more than 19,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended during the month of July. Which is absolutely appalling.
Del Cueto stated that the surge was “overwhelming” agents, which is something that all of the cartels and drug smugglers are taking full advantage of.
“They purposefully send big groups across knowing that agents are going to be distracted, knowing that agents are going to be pulled from certain areas of the line so they can have to process,” Del Cueto continued. “All the while they are bringing their drugs across.”
He went on to say that this crisis is being made even worse by the fact that some of the individuals who are apprehended are sent to other places in the country and then testing positive for the coronavirus.
“I don’t care if you’re on the right side or the left side of the aisle. We all deserve to be safe in our homes,” the union leader said.
“There should be no difference when it comes to our nation’s borders, and right now, it’s beyond chaotic, it’s horrific with these individuals that are coming across,” he added.
However, despite all of the difficulties and the frustration border agents are experiencing, they are refusing to give up on getting a grip on this crisis.
“I can tell you, from speaking to agents on the ground, none of the agents out there are waving the white flag,” Del Cueto said. “We’re Americans. We’re not going to wave the white flag. We’re not going to give up our border.”