WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former United States Border Patrol Chief under the Biden Administration, Rodney Scott, was recently interviewed by Fox News on the ongoing migrant crisis at the U.S. southern border, and he noted that the border was far less safe under the watch of President Joe Biden than it was under the Trump Administration.
During the interview, which was conducted by Fox anchor Bret Baier, Scott said that under Biden there is far less of a focus on security overall when it comes to the southern border.
“The real thing that’s changed is the focus on border security in general, and acknowledging that border security is critical to homeland security, and actually trying to control the border,” he said. “The messaging has changed. I personally participated in some of the transition meetings, my staff participated in all of the transition meetings, we made it very clear that if we dropped all the initiatives that had been put in place over the last several years, that we would get an influx of mass migration that we would not be able to control.”
Scott claimed that 90 percent of undocumented migrants who are released into the country are never deported, and among those who have been documented, 400,000 have just disappeared without a trace, never returning for their hearing.
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Scott stated that the blame for the situation at the border should not be laid at the feet of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; instead, he said, it is the fault of the Biden Administration itself.
“The current [DHS] secretary, Mayorkas, work is he was part of DHS before, he ran [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services]. He clearly understands and knows how to control the border and what needs to take place,” adding that the White House was “choosing not to take simple common-sense steps to secure the border” on purpose.
Scott noted that the creation of “protections” for specific groups of people encountered at the border – who then go on to exploit the system once they are in the U.S. – are what primarily led to the migrant crisis that currently sees hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border into the each month.
“The result of that is the message goes out and then instead of having a couple hundred encounters a day, we quickly went up to about 6,000 encounters a day,” he said. “The little bit of misleading messaging in the public today too is they think this is just Mexico or South America. Border Patrol caught people from 150 different countries coming through Mexico into the United States, this last year before I retired.”