An Arizona sheriff is going off on President Biden’s administration for a wave of immigration executive orders and lax policies that have undermined progress made in border areas under former President Donald Trump.
During an interview with Fox News, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels slammed Biden for the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that Biden’s reversal of the Trump administration’s policies has caused serious problems.
“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. When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources, and it stopped construction on our border,” Dannels said.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,” he said.
“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 added.
Dannels also showed Fox News photos that caught smuggling happening at the border.
“These pictures come off our, we have our own camera system that works [collected] with the CBP. These pictures I’m showing you came off our camera system, where you see the smuggling coming through our deserts,” he began.
“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,” he explicitly detailed.
Dannels added: “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.”
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said that Biden stopped what was working at the border for “political reasons” and cited the numbers.
“Keep in mind some of these numbers, and these numbers don’t lie — border encounters in the fiscal year 2021, 71,922 in October, 72,091 in November, 73,000 in December, 78,000 in January, that’s almost 300,000. Now look, in 2014, Vice President Joe Biden said when they were 68,000 border crossings, unaccompanied minors crossing, they said it was a crisis. He called it a tragedy. That was 188 per day. Today, we’re projected to have 117,000 this year. What’s he going to call it then? What changed?”
The sheriff said that it was politics that changed and blamed Biden for the crisis.
“Well, politics changed. Politics changed, ideologies changed. It’s hypocritical, to be honest with you, Brian, what we’ve seen in the past and where we’re at today, it’s very hypocritical by this administration,” he said.
“It goes against the grain of the CDC. I would love to hear Dr. Fauci, who nobody is talking about what’s going on at the southwest border when it comes to the health pandemic in this country. They are not testing them. They’re being released without being tested into communities,” he said.
Dannels added: “And then you look at the public safety aspect of this. It’s upsetting. It’s almost like we’re not part of this country, which is very upsetting.”