“What we’re seeing since February of this year is absolutely unprecedented, the numbers we haven’t seen in 20 years, certainly not since the creation of this department”
In the weeks since Kamala Harris finally (sort of) visited the border, the issue has fallen off the media’s radar, for the most part. Unfortunately, the situation has not improved.
If anything, it has gotten worse.
A former CBP deputy recently spoke to FOX News:
Ex-CBP deputy commissioner says border crisis ‘unlike anything I’ve ever seen,’ warns of ‘broken’ system
Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez, in his first interview since leaving office at the end of June, tells Fox News the border crisis is unlike anything he has ever seen in his career, and he urged Congress to fix the country’s “broken” and “porous” immigration system.
“What we’re seeing since February of this year is absolutely unprecedented, the numbers we haven’t seen in 20 years, certainly not since the creation of this department or Customs and Border Protection, my former agency,” Perez said in a phone interview Thursday.
There were more than 180,000 migrant encounters in May alone, and while the numbers have been rising since April last year, they have hit new highs this year. The increase has also coincided with a spike in fentanyl and migrants with criminal convictions.
“It’s a crisis unlike anything I’ve ever seen and it’s a serious one…because first border security is national security. Unfortunately, It gets oversimplified by too many too often,” Perez said.
It’s worth noting that the Biden administration allegedly pushed Perez out of his position. Is there any wonder why?
Anna Giaritelli reported at the Washington Examiner in May:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden pushing out second-highest US border official
The Biden administration is pushing out the most senior career official at the country’s largest law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to two people with firsthand knowledge.
Political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security chose not to keep CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez on as the second in command of the federal agency. Perez was promoted to his position at CBP headquarters in Washington in July 2018 and oversaw operations of trade, travel, immigration, and national security at land, air, and sea borders.
Biden officials attempted to demote Perez, a 29-year federal law enforcement officer, by transferring him to an office in Tucson, Arizona. Perez now plans to retire, the people said.
The news from Perez comes as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is now calling for the defunding of ICE, CPB, and the DHS.
Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib says that “we must eliminate funding for CBP, ICE and their parent organization DHS” pic.twitter.com/aaLHQX0quH
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 7, 2021
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) reacted to Tlaib’s words this week:
The non-actions of the Biden administration speak volumes. They don’t want to fix this problem and judging by Rashida Tlaib’s position. Some Democrats want to make it worse.
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