One of the top border patrol officials warns, “We’ve lost control of the border.” He said drug dealers and human smugglers are getting away while agents are distracted with the influx of asylum-seekers.
Vice president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) who is also a border patrol agent, Hector Garza was interviewed by Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner last week and was asked to respond to President Trump’s most recent immigration plan.
Faulkner noted that in the media, reports are not reflecting that control of the border has been lost. She challenged Garza to explain what he meant by “lost control.”
Garza said that according to CBP’s border patrol chief, over 50 percent of border patrol agents are not securing the border but are instead processing, transporting, and caring for asylum-seekers. He even challenged that percentage saying it may be closer to 75 percent of agents being taken away from border security duties.
“As a matter of fact, just last week in Laredo, Texas, we stopped a semi-trailer at one of our border checkpoints that was smuggling 120 people from five different countries,” he said.
“We’re getting overrun at the border, not just with facing a humanitarian crisis, but just on the border in general when dealing with these drug smugglers and human smugglers. So yeah, we’ve lost control at the border, Harris,” said Garza.
Regarding the new policies that will be set forth by the Trump administration, Garza said, “We have confidence in President Trump.”
Falling through the cracks
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been inundated with an unprecedented number of illegal aliens crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Most recently, in the El Paso, Texas sector, there has been a 400 percent increase in family apprehensions.
In response, CBP has had to raise temporary shelters and is even transporting hundreds of families to other state sectors to handle the overflow. Overcrowding is exacerbating the severe humanitarian issues at the border.
It’s evident the humanitarian crisis is taking away resources and manpower in handling the more dangerous aspects of border patrol work.
For instance, in early May, the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol canine team seized approximately 118 pounds of highly toxic liquid methamphetamine with a street value of $4 million.
That’s just one example of what’s being caught. There is no way of knowing how many illegal, deadly drugs have fallen through large cracks—undetected because border agents have been assigned to other duties as well as there being miles and miles of gaping holes in the border wall where drug smugglers can enter the United States easily.
Border patrol agents are generally not assigned to asylum adjudication but are trained to secure the nation’s borders. Their mission is to detect and prevent illegal immigrants and terrorists from entering. They are trained to detect terrorist weapons as well as to prevent illegal trafficking of people and drugs at the U.S. border.
A Migrant entering the United States and surrendering to CBP to start the asylum process is not illegal. So, technically those families and people who do turn themselves over to authorities immediately after crossing into American territory are not considered to be breaking a law.
Qualifying for asylum
The problem for the U.S. immigration system lies in the fact that a good majority of cases being filed are not by people who qualify for asylum. The caravans from Central America that are making their way to the United States, most recently from Guatemala, are people who are admitting they are not seeking asylum but gainful employment.
Furthermore, there have been reports that large groups of migrants throughout Central America are being gathered and encouraged to migrate to the United States to seek asylum by nongovernmental organizations (NGO) that are lying to the migrants about U.S. asylum laws.
One Guatemala official said Guatemalan migrants were seeking jobs more than seeking refuge from violence and threat to life.
Then there is American filmmaker Ami Horowitz who took a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, in November 2018 and interviewed Hondurans who were part of a large migrant caravan to America.
He found that although mainstream media framed the caravan as mostly women and children, he estimated that well over 90 percent were male.
Horowitz said the migrants seemed friendly and were merely seeking to build a better life for themselves.
The filmmaker found that many migrants were going to the United States seeking jobs, some an education, along with other social benefits if possible, not fleeing for their safety. These reasons would not qualify anyone for asylum in the United States.
But thousands of people don’t just pick up and decide to move thousands of miles without good cause. They would not make such a long trek unless they believed there was a very good chance for a much better life waiting for them at the end of their journey. At least, we can assume they would not risk their lives for less.
They didn’t just pick up and leave.
Horowitz found an army of truckloads of supplies—costing millions of dollars in transport—of food, water, medicine, supplies, and manpower, supplying the caravan.
He found out an NGO was funding the caravan to America. A group called “Pueblo Sin Fronteras,” which means, Townspeople Without Borders. On their website it states, their dream is to “build solidarity bridges among peoples and turndown border walls imposed by greed.”
An organization was using millions of dollars in funding migrants seeking financial gain to travel thousands of miles from their home—homes that were not as much dangerous but poor—rather than funding education and entrepreneurship in those countries.
The new immigration policies by the Trump administration seek to control the chaos while humanely processing people who are being used as weapons by agencies such as “Pueblo Sin Fronteras.”
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— Ami Horowitz (@AmiHorowitz) November 12, 2018