Cochise County, Arizona Sheriff Mark Daniels has stated that since President Biden’s administration began, there has been an increase in immigrant-related crimes at the borders.
Daniels’s work focuses on monitoring illegal border crossings through the use of an extensive network of hidden surveillance cameras covering 83 miles of border shared with Mexico.
According to Daniels, among the issues that have become more common in Cochise County is the pursuit of vehicles suspected of human smuggling.
By the end of August of last year, cameras recorded 1,200 illegal entries and by the end of the year the number had doubled to 2,500. “That’s what scares me about this whole thing,” Daniels said, as picked up by Neon Nettle.
“Though I believe politics has no business in policing, it sure has an effect on the border,” he said.
Abolishing border security measures
Under the Biden administration several border security measures have been abolished, most notably the temporary suspension of deportations of illegal aliens, the repeal of the ban on travel from terrorist countries, and a halt to construction of the border wall.
Last month Daniels condemned the incoming Biden administration after signing the series of executive orders on immigration that have undermined efforts by former President Donald Trump’s administration to work toward border security and control.
“It’s troublesome. It’s hasty. We’ve worked so well over the last few years, and why we need a secure border is just common sense, and I can articulate that to you,” Daniels said, asserting that the number of illegal entries in his area had “doubled,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“People ask, ‘Well, why do we need a secure border?’ This political theater that’s being played out is scary to all of us on the southwest border, sheriffs, police departments, and our federal partners, and every American should be standing up on this,” the sheriff continued.
Biden administration bring 11 million illegals to citizenship
The Biden administration is concentrating its efforts to bring 11 million illegal aliens to citizenship and has also committed to ensuring that 2,500 asylum seekers awaiting a hearing will ultimately be adjudicated in the United States.
According to a Feb. 16 speech by press secretary Jen Psaki, “The president’s view is that the approach of the prior administration was immoral, but also ineffective in terms of addressing the challenge—the many challenges of an outdated immigration system.”
According to Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey (ACS), in the first two years of the Trump administration the growth of the immigrant population (legal and illegal) averaged only about 200,000 a year, which contrasts with the approximately 650,000 a year between 2010 and 2017, according to National Review.
‘Tough on the border’
Daniels said, the “best border efforts we’ve ever had in the last three decades in Cochise County was over the last couple of years (…) We had a president that was very tough on the border, nobody would question that.”
The sheriff said that on the contrary, the new administration seems to be committed to allowing deregulation in the entry of illegal aliens. Are they rescinding them [executive orders] because it was Trump who was the author of it and it’s revengeful? Or are they rescinding it because it wasn’t working?”
By Feb. 19, the Department of Homeland Security will begin allowing 25,000 illegal aliens into the country as part of the program, noting that it is also a contradictory move amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic, or coronavirus.
For smugglers and cartels the border is open for business
Daniels noted that in addition smugglers and cartels now get the message that the border is now open for business. “That’s what’s scary to me,” he said.
“We need to have a secure border. The cartels are the only ones smiling right now because they will benefit from this confusion. We’re going to keep doing what’s right, what the oath of office has us to do—and that’s to protect our citizens,” he added.
However, with Biden’s new policies, for Daniels the outlook is not very optimistic. “We’re going to have our hands full [this year],” he said.