Smugglers bringing illegal immigrants to the United States' border coach them about what to say so they can be brought in and then released into the country through the national catch and release laws, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Monday, while commenting on news that a caravan of immigrants is heading toward the Mexican border.
"They are being coached by the smugglers that are bringing them up," Judd told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "You have got to remember, this is a multibillion-dollar industry.
"The smugglers are coaching them and telling them exactly what they need to say so all they have to do is come here and claim that they fear to go back to their country, and they don't have to provide any evidence whatsoever."
Judd said the claims of fears back home do not need to be proven initially, and that's the problem.
"When they come here and they ask for asylum, we'll take them into custody," Judd said. "We'll do hours worth of processing, and then we will turn them over to ICE and ICE will release them, based on what they call a credible fear, and [they] disappear in the shadows."
Earlier Monday morning, President Donald Trump slammed Mexico, Democrats and weak border laws through a series of tweets, complaining that the "country is being stolen" if Congress doesn't use the nuclear option and pass laws to protect the border.
Judd agreed that the nation is not enforcing its immigration laws.
"We are talking about illegal immigration," said Judd. "The president isn't down on legal immigration."
Another problem is that there are too many officials in the federal government who don't believe Trump will be re-elected in 2020, said Judd.
"They are trying to wait him out," said Judd. "I have spoken with many political appointees that say that the career professionals are all they during is waiting them out and hoping what they want gets in."
Many federal employees who did not vote for Trump are "trying to throw a monkey wrench into everything he is trying to accomplish," he added.
Judd said that while people are streaming into the country illegally, there is a backlog of people trying to come legally, and "they get very frustrated seeing these people, in essence, jump ahead of the line.
"It would be like somebody breaking into your home, sitting on your couch and saying 'Hey, I'm here so you have to let me stay here,'" said Judd.
"We have to be able to enforce immigration laws and have to have the political will to do. If we don't have the political will, we will be talking about this every single year."
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