Tennessee Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty said the nation’s Border Patrol agents are facing a “crisis beyond measure” after a recent visit to the nation’s southern border.
Hagerty shared the remarks during an interview with Fox News from Texas on Sunday.
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“The border agents are so overwhelmed right now that they are spending more time processing than they are doing their job defending the border,” Hagerty said.
“That’s the goal of the cartels, to get the Border Patrol distracted and overwhelmed so they can move the high value cargo — the fentanyl, the methamphetamine, the ‘high value’ people, meaning those who are on the terror watch list, and things of that nature who would otherwise suffer terrible consequences if they’re caught,” he added.
The report comes as the Biden administration plans to end Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows illegal immigrants to be turned away at the border due to health concerns.
The measure has been an important one. The report noted 8,000 migrants attempted to cross the southern border just on Friday.
The ended policy could mean nearly all of those thousands of daily border crossers would be allowed into the nation, with most of them staying, causing more concerns for the nation.