Law enforcement officials along the U.S. southwest border who enjoyed a huge respite in illegal alien traffic under the Trump administration are now having to deal with hordes of new migrant crossings thanks to major reversals of Trump’s policies by Joe Biden.
In an interview last week with Fox News, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels blasted Biden for those policy reversals, all of which came via executive order, saying that now there is are once again serious problems on the border.
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels slammed President Joe Biden during a Fox News interview this week for the ongoing crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that Biden’s reversal of the last administration’s policies has caused a serious problem on the border.
“It’s, it’s a product of politics within policing. And I’ve always said this, they have no business in our business, in the business of policing what we do on this border in our communities,” Dannels told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade.
“When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources, and it stopped construction on our border,” Dannels said. “As a result of that, one area where the fence is not complete, we get five or six groups a day coming across there. It’s [opened up] the border. It opened up the message that it’s okay to come in this country. This administration owns this decision. And what it’s doing is it’s forcing us back to 2019, where we had the largest what I call crime scene in the country to include the largest humanitarian situation going on.”
He noted unequivocally that essentially portions of the border are “wide open” right now, which has left him and other local authorities ticked off and frustrated because “we had it under control.”
“These pictures I’m showing you came off our camera system, where you see the smuggling coming through our deserts. It’s wide open right now. It’s wide open, and with the chaos going on the border based on these administrative decisions, and it just, we saw this in 2019, Brian, where 141 countries breached our southwest border in the first nine months, over 1,000 gang members, 822 assaults on agents, 271 deaths on our border,” the sheriff continued.
“This is a crime scene. And this is what we just put together, we had it, we had it under control, this [is] frustrating. And now it’s going back to 2019. It’s frustrating.”
He then said he “would love to hear Dr. [Anthony] Fauci,” the country’s lead immunologist and Biden’s chief medical adviser, talk about a deterioration of public health (think COVID-19) along the border regions.
But that’s not all: Drug trafficking is also rising, putting more Americans in danger of overdose and death.
“A year ago today, we were running, just on our camera system, 300 to 400 a month,” Dannels said regarding the number of illegal crossings the department monitored. “In August, when the politics kicked up, we jumped up to 1,200 a month. In December, it was over 2,500 illegal entries to include over 500 pounds of illicit drugs. I just got the charts [the other day], it’s skyrocketing back to numbers we saw in 2019.
“The reason we have MPP [Migrant Protection Protocols] and these other programs President Trump put in place was because the 2019 caravan and surges. It worked. It’s not working now,” he added.