Border chief talks harsh realities of security; makes Pelosi, Schumer an offer they’ll likely refuse

Border Patrol Union Vice President Art Del Cueto had a bold challenge to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that they are sure to refuse.

Appearing on the Fox Business Network, Cueto was responding to the Democratic leaders insisting that a border wall is not an effective strategy to improve border security, following their Oval Office meeting earlier this week with President Donald Trump.


“Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, they can come down here and help us patrol the border and I’ll show them how difficult and how dangerous it really is, and how that wall makes a difference,” Cueto told host Liz MacDonald.

This coming after the Border Patrol union official spoke about loopholes in the immigration system due to a major backlog in the courts when it comes to asylum.

He said many who claim asylum do so just to enter the U.S., knowing their case will take months to come up.

“I say false asylum claims because if you’re not even bothering to show up to your court case, you pretty much know your case is weak,” Cueto stated. “In addition, we see these individuals entering the country illegally. It just keeps adding and adding and adding. There’s a lot of red flags to it.”

More from The Epoch Times on the backlog:

While 89 percent of aliens from Central America pass the initial credible-fear interview at the border, only 9 percent of Central Americans are granted asylum, according to the  Department of Justice. The conditions for asylum are more narrow than many people know.

The skyrocketing number of claims has led to a backlog of more than 760,000 cases, the department said in September.


When asked if he has ever heard Pelosi or Schumer talk about the loophole he spoke of, Cueto replied with a resounding no.

Schumer told the president in the Oval Office that a wall was not needed.

“[T]he experts say you can have border security without the wall, which is wasteful and doesn’t solve the problem,” he said, though he failed to cite his source.

Don’t expect the Democrats to take Cueto up on the offer to find out firsthand just how wrong they are.


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