Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) just made a surprising revelation.
During an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, Cueller revealed that, at some parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, “only 30%” of Border Patrol agents are stationed there.
Cuellar has been one of the few Democrats who has consistently spoken out against President Joe Biden’s open-border approach to immigration. He did so again during his Fox News appearance.
There, Cuellar spoke about ways to address the southern border crisis. He said that a key question is “how do we [the federal government] cooperate with the state and the local governments and not just work separately?”
“And I know they are doing that,” Cuellar continued, “but we’ve got to do a lot more because, at the same time, we’ve got to understand that most of the drugs . . . don’t come in between the bridges. They actually come through the bridges. At one time, 90% of the fentanyl [was] coming through our bridges. So, we’ve got to make sure we have the right technology, the right — the canines, the personnel on the bridges.”
It is at this point that Cuellar made the revelation.
The Dem lawmaker said:
But the problem is, as you know, Border Patrol right now in the southern part of the area from Laredo down to the valley, 60% of the Border Patrol agents are doing immigration processing, taking care of the migrants, 10% are doing the administrative, and only 30% — and I emphasize only 30% — are actually doing the checkpoints or are at the river at the border. So, when we have larger amounts of drugs coming in, more people coming in, we have a lesser number of Border Patrol agents doing their work.
Illegal immigration at the southern border has been out of control ever since Biden took over and it is not slowing down.
Fox News reports, “the U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] released its June 2022 Monthly Operational Report showing record levels of border crossings are continuing, including a record-setting number of terrorist sightings and an increased number of unaccompanied children and illegal drugs found at the U.S.-Mexico border.”
In June, CBP had 207,416 encounters, which makes it the fourth month in a row with more than 200,000 encounters.
The total number of encounters for the 2022 fiscal year now sits at 1,746,119. That’s already more than 2021, by about 10,000.
With three months to go in the current fiscal year, it is still possible to cross the 2 million encounter threshold.