President Joe Biden has faced harsh criticism for his policies on a variety of issues, notably immigration.
As a crisis continues to unfold along the U.S.-Mexico border, a former U.S. Border Patrol chief is blaming the current administration for refusing to take the “commonsense” steps needed to reduce the rate of illegal crossings into America.
Biden ignored warnings about migrant ‘influx’
Rodney Scott, a longtime Border Patrol veteran who helmed the agency under President Donald Trump, was fired by the Biden administration.
He recently explained that he had witnessed firsthand the dramatic shift in immigration policies between the two administrations.
Under Trump, Scott argued that policies were in place to effectively deter mass immigration. When Biden came into office, however, he said the policies changed as did the message to would-be immigrants.
He went on to assert that Border Patrol agents warned Biden officials that rolling back Trump-era policies would cause an “influx,” but their advice was ignored.
“They are choosing not to take commonsense steps to secure the border,” he said of the Biden administration.
“He knows what’s going on”
The apparent consequences of Biden’s policy reversal came swiftly. Border Patrol agents went from a few hundred encounters a day to as many as 6,000, according to Scott.
During his last year on the job, he said migrants had been reported from 150 different nations.
Mass migration has stretched the agency’s manpower so thin that large sections of the border have minimal coverage, an issue Scott said was exacerbated by the recent arrival of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas. He described that development as a “distraction” from a much larger problem.
As for Biden’s claim that migrants arriving at the southern border are being “tracked” and that 9 in 10 of them are deported, Scott said the truth is much different. Meanwhile, he noted that morale among border agents is “struggling” as the rate of early retirement is “going through the roof.”
Taking his criticism beyond the president, Scott declared that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is also fully aware that the border is essentially open, adding: “He knows what’s going on. And he knows that the border is not as secure today as it was on Jan. 19.”