A top Biden administration border official has contradicted the administration narrative and confessed that the president and his team are wrong to not label the border surge a crisis.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, on Wednesday told Fox News, “A week ago I would not have called this a crisis. Today it meets the definition.”
Judd added, “We are overwhelmed. We do not have the resources to stop the cartels from bringing in illegal aliens, from bringing in drugs, therefore we are in fact in a crisis.”
The report comes as President Joe Biden urged immigrants to not come to the nation’s southern border.
Conservatives have blamed the president’s changed policies for the recent border situation. Biden’s executive orders ended construction of the Trump border wall, as well as ending most deportations for 100 days.
Two additional immigration policy changes have also intensified the situation. Biden’s end of the former president’s Remain in Mexico policy now allows those awaiting asylum hearings to remain in America until that time.
Second, Biden has reinstated the Obama era catch-and-release policy. The move allows those apprehended for illegally crossing the southern border to be released until a hearing.
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 proposed by Biden also includes a pathway for citizenship for nearly 11 million people. The bill includes a price tag of $4 billion over four years.
The border crisis presents a difficult challenge to the nation and to the president. Both parties will certainly utilize the issue as a major emphasis as candidates ramp up plans for the 2022 midterm election.