Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz admitted to Congress that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not have operational control of the southern border.
Another border patrol agent, Brandon Judd, told the John Solomon Reports podcast that border patrol agents expect “anywhere between 13,000 to 16,000 apprehensions per day,” resulting in fewer available agents consistently monitoring the border.
“When we’re apprehending 5,000 people a day – now we only have 50% of our border patrol agents patrolling the border,” Judd said on the podcast, noting, “When we hit 10,000 apprehensions a day, that means we’re only deploying 30% of our border patrol agents to patrol the border.”
Judd continued, “And when that happens, the cartels are able to gain ground on the vast majority of our border, as they start controlling the vast majority of our border. Once those numbers go up to 13,000 to 16,000, we’re only going to have 10% of our border patrol agents actively patrolling the border, and the cartels will own every inch of the border.”
Reporting from Just the News:
"It's going to get really bad," said former Rep. Mayra Flores, R-Texas, whose husband serves in the border patrol. "I'm worried about our country. I'm worried about the innocent children as well that are being brought to the United States illegally, then abandoned in the middle of nowhere. "Our border patrol agents are exhausted. They can't apprehend everyone coming in. So you have cartels taking advantage of our weak immigration policies. We have terrorists taking advantage of our weak policies."