Brandon Judd, a Border Patrol agent and president of the National Border Patrol Council, said that the Department of Homeland Security was aware that an influx of illegal migrants was on the way to the southern border in June but did nothing to prepare for it.
“DHS knew this was coming,” Judd said on Monday on “Greg Kelly Reports.” “They were warned back on June 17 that this was going to become an issue. They were warned that they needed to build a temporary outdoor processing site, similar to what we have in McAllen, Texas, and had they done that, we wouldn’t be dealing with this situation right now.”
Over 12,000 migrants, most of them Haitians, are currently living in makeshift tents under the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the river between the U.S. and Mexico illegally and unimpeded.
“DHS has been packed with very open border liberals that are political appointees, we can expect that they’re going to have open border policies, and that’s what we’re seeing today, and that’s the problem that we’re dealing with,” Judd said. “This is not an enforcement group that is at DHS right now, and if you don’t have an enforcement group, you’re going to have scenes like what we’re seeing today.”
News organization drones and aircraft show video of the encampment, where migrants are sleeping in makeshift tents or sleeping in the dirt and bathing in the river as temperatures are topping 100 degrees.
The DHS announced on Sept. 18 that it was sending 400 officers to join the more than 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety officers sent to help in border patrol efforts.
Additionally, DHS will be flying 2-3 thousand migrants daily from the area to other processing centers in the U.S. as well as providing portable toilets, medical attention, water, towels, and other supplies.
“What’s currently driven this crisis on the border today is over 200,000 apprehensions last month, the month before over 200,000 apprehensions. These are the most apprehensions I have ever seen in my career,” he said.
“And the reason is because this administration brought back what is known as the catch and release magnet that draws so many people across our borders illegally when DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says that the borders aren’t open, he’s completely and totally misleading the American public.”
Judd said that former President Donald Trump left him a border that was under control, and the policies of President Joe Biden are to blame.
Biden “is the cause of this problem,” Judd said. “There were policies that were working, and those policies were very sound policies for the safety and protection of the American public. He completely and totally got rid of those policies. He dismantled everything that we were doing prior to him taking office.”