For years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol have said their facilities are overwhelmed and the system is severely broken. Politicians in Washington, D.C. have debated the issue, but one thing they can’t debate is the cold hard facts. And the fact is we have people from around the world taking advantage of loopholes in our immigration system, a Border Patrol whistleblower told Townhall.
Central American caravan riders have overwhelmed the Border Patrol since last fall when they began coming to the United States en masse. Mexico established a system to help the U.S. deal with the people who were coming to America, allegedly seeking asylum. Those who wanted to seek asylum had to go through a port of entry, file the paperwork and then go back to Mexico to wait until their court date. Mexico even offered to provide humanitarian visas to those who couldn’t legally enter into the United States so they could stay in Mexico and work. But that’s not what these migrants wanted. They want a life in America.
People from other countries – especially those labeled “exotics” by Border Patrol – have figured out a way to skirt the new system: cross the border, find an agent and say, “I want to see an immigration judge.” Border Patrol processes them and out the door they go, released into America. Of course, they’re given a court date but the immigration court is so backlogged that their date isn’t for two to three years down the road and the reality is, once they’re released, they don’t show up for their court hearing. What incentive do they have?
Things continue to heat up along the Southern border. Democrats have said we don’t have a crisis at the border, but statistics and figures say otherwise. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders said last week that Border Patrol is having to transport “hundreds of families by bus and aircraft from the U.S. Border Patrol’s severely overcrowded processing facilities to less-crowded stations along the Southwest border.”
Smaller stations, primarily quick processing centers designed to target drug traffickers and cartels, have had to take on this additional responsibility. Illegal aliens were flown from Texas to San Diego and bused to various facilities in the San Diego sector, despite the sector designed for short-term holding (24 hours)….[ ]