Former acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf on Sunday lamented the lack of enforcement and accountability at the southern border as a massive surge of migrants continues.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Wolf blamed the new Biden administration for policies that have tied the hands of Customs and Border Protection officials.
“The [Biden] administration right now is not enforcing” restrictions and “there is no immigration consequence to illegal behavior,” he charged.
“They are simply treating this as a capacity issue,” he said. “So they are building more facilities, they are trying to process more individuals through and they are not holding individuals accountable for that illegal behavior.”
According to Wolf, the situation is “absolutely frustrating for Border Patrol agents today and I talked to several of them.”
“Those in the Rio Grande Valley [sector]… ground zero, where a lot of the surge is occurring, almost half of them are no longer on the border doing the national security mission,” he said.
“The are back at Border Patrol stations caring and feeding for these thousands of individuals in their facilities,” he continued. “That's not what they signed up for. That's not their training. Their training is to enforce the law, making sure that drugs and contraband and other illegal migrants are not coming into the country. Over half of them in RGV are not doing that today.”
Wolf said Border Patrol agents, when they hear official announcements from the Department of Homeland Security and White House “saying the border is closed, the border is secure, they know that's a lie.”
“I believe there's a loss of confidence in both departmental leadership as well as in the White House with your agents,” Wolf said.
Wolf charged “over 5-6,000” unaccompanied minors were allowed across the border because the administration is not enforcing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health order.
“They are using this public health authority to turn around single adults and some families who have minors and they are turning minors back to Mexico but they will not return minors to Northern Triangle and put them in families which is what we did during the Trump administration,” he charged.
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