The chief of the Nation’s Border Patrol union told Congress Wednesday that the flood of unaccompanied minors coming across the Nation’s southern border is crippling the Border Patrol’s ability to do its job. And the gaps in security are giving dangerous Mexican cartels an advantage in bringing drugs and criminals into the United States.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told members of Congress that laws requiring special treatment for young people coming into the United States illegally have tied up roughly 40 percent of Border Patrol manpower. The union president told lawmakers that the Barack Obama Administration’s “catch and release” immigration policies are largely to blame.
“This program is bad policy and encourages people from countries other than Mexico to enter the United States illegally,” he told the House Judiciary Committee. “Under this policy, and in most cases, individuals entering the U.S. illegally know they will be released if apprehended.”
“The result is no one is afraid of breaking the law,” Judd continued.
Mexican cartels, which already employ a strategy of bringing illicit materials and dangerous people into the Nation by crossing the border at multiple locations, are also finding it easier to break the law and increasing criminal activity along the border while the agents are tied up, according to Judd.
“The cartels purposely cross between ports of entry to tie up Border Patrol manpower, creating holes in our enforcement and facilitating their other lines of business, such as drug smuggling and the smuggling of known criminals into the U.S. Make no mistake, this is big business for the cartels,” he said.
To make matters worse, agents who are usually tasked with tracking dangerous fugitives from other countries who have illegally made their way into the U.S. interior have been reassigned to help with the influx of young illegal immigrants.
“ICE ERO Fugitive Operations Teams in some areas have been completely shut down with ICE officers reassigned to process and transport UACs and Family units. Officers in other vital ERO criminal enforcement programs such as the Criminal Alien Program and Secure Communities Program likewise are being pulled daily from their critical public safety missions,” Chris Crane, who heads the union representing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, told lawmakers in a prepared testimony. “There is no doubt that ICE ERO’s many critical missions, to include its criminal enforcement and public safety missions are impacted. Ironically, as ICE ERO and the Border Patrol spend millions of dollars and shift resources from vital programs to process family units and UACs, it is unlikely that a significant number of these illegal entrants will be removed from the United States unless changes are made to current immigration.”
The liberal media scoffed earlier this month when outspoken Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio lamented that the southern border is vulnerable because Nation’s Border Patrol officers are too busy changing diapers due to the massive numbers of unaccompanied minors flowing across the border.
“The Border Patrol is too busy changing diapers and not going after dope peddlers and illegal immigrants,” Arpaio told FOX News.