Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren the border is very “porous,” with thousands of people coming to the U.S. to take advantage of our system.
He described in detail what he said Thursday was the worst thing he saw: 60 Mexican elementary school children walk across the border every day to come to school in the U.S. with “no checks, no paperwork, no looking in their backpacks, no adults.”
“That is but one little example of taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers dollars,” Chaffetz said. “And there are thousands of these things happening all across the border. It’s just unbelievable.”
He said he was very startled to learn of the high numbers of non-Mexicans crossing the Mexican border illegally.
At the Eloy ICE Detention Facility in Arizona, Chaffetz was stunned to learn 900 of the 1,500 detained were “OTM” – other than Mexican.
“They are using this porous border to pour into the United States,” he said.
Chaffetz then explained how these non-Mexican’s are “gaming the system.”
In the case of the nine Romanians he saw, he said they didn’t even run from Border Agents. They want to get caught, he said, so they can get a court date and stay, legally, in the country.
They just the game the system. They don’t even run when they get here because they want to get caught, get a drink of water, [then] the judge lets them go. We can’t even process, literally, thousands upon thousands of these things happen on a monthly basis.
Van Susteren concluded with giving Chaffetz a “homework assignment:” figure out how to solve this problem, and she will have him back on her show next week to discuss his suggestions.
Watch the interview from “On the Record” here: