The Biden administration’s decision to roll back its predecessor’s border policies without contingency is a “tragedy” and the “direct cause” of the border crisis, former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told “Your World” on Friday. .
WOLF: It’s It is a crisis that is greatly impacting the men and women of the Border Patrol. The decision to reverse MPP [Migrant Protection Protocols] and ACA [Asylum Cooperative Agreements]Proactively removing all of these tools from the table is probably the worst decision that has happened to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol agents in their 18-year history. What they have to go through today and every day, processing that many people, without doing their national security work, is a tragedy at the end of the day. How do you solve it? Go back to some of the policies that we saw that worked throughout 2020. You can always improve them, if that’s what the Biden administration wants to do. But removing them with nothing in place is the direct cause of what is happening today.
If you would come in 2020, when the programs were in place, under Title 42 and COVID, we were changing both families and UACs [unaccompanied minors] quickly, in hours in some cases, returning them to Mexico or placing them near airfields where we would load them onto planes and reunite them with their families in their home country, in the Northern Triangle. All of that has stopped. Whatever that is a sign, it may continue to push children and families to the border. In some cases, they do not even receive a court notice to appear. They are not even in the immigration system as they are allowed into American communities. What they did at the border … [has] It not only turned around border law enforcement, but immigration as well. There is no enforcement at the border. Management continues to address this as a capacity issue. Construction of larger facilities. That’s important, but until you address illegal behavior and hold people accountable, it will continue and it won’t get any better.
What we know are the cartels, the traffickers and smugglers control that border. All the people who cross that border pay these people. They are smart about our policies and what happens when they cross the river and are stopped by the Border Patrol. In 2020, they turned around and left the country, so the flow stopped. As of January 20, all people smuggled across the border remain in the United States and are released. Very few single adults return to Mexico. They know it and they are announcing it to the Northern Triangle and others. I’ve been to the border dozens of times. Their description of the cartels across the river making fun of them is true. That’s what they do. I’ve seen the lookouts. They continue to do so because they know our policies better than we do. They know that the Border Patrol will not send these people back. They will rescue them from the water and take them ashore and process them at the Border Patrol facility and likely release them. That is what they are selling to people in the Northern Triangle and elsewhere. Unfortunately, it is good business for them.
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