Border official blasts media for ‘romanticizing’ illegal immigrants while ‘vilifying’ agents trying to protect America

The president of the National Border Patrol Council is frustrated with the way the left will “romanticize” illegal immigrants while Border Patrol agents are “vilified” for simply doing their jobs.

Brandon Judd told “Fox and Friends” Thursday that the portrayal of the agents is “disappointing” amid all the focus on the southern U.S. border.

Judd agreed with President Trump’s suggestion of adding more troops at the U.S.-Mexico border, joining the existing 6,000, in order to deal with the crisis. Alarming new numbers show that more than 103,000 migrants were apprehended or deemed “inadmissible” at the border in March alone.

The president made his comments during a fundraising roundtable in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at all of our resources being pulled from the field, ” Judd said. “We just don’t have the resources in the field to deal with the numbers of people that are crossing the border. And what we have to look at is the number of people that are actually getting away, evading apprehension. Texas Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz from the same sector said within this fiscal year alone, we have 25,000 people that were able to evade apprehension.”

“Those are people we do not know what their purpose for coming into the United States are. We don’t know where they are from. That’s a very dangerous situation and dynamic we are setting up,” he added.

Trump expressed his frustration with the situation at the border and lamented that the U.S. military he was thinking of sending “can’t act like a military would act.”

“I’m going to have to call up more military. Our military, don’t forget, can’t act like a military would act. Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy,” he said.

Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt asked Judd about the president’s remarks.

“Do you find yourself changing how you do your job down there because you’re worried about how the media will react?” she asked.

“We’re always worried about how the media’s going to react,” Judd admitted, letting out a heavy sigh as he attempted to answer the question.

“It’s so frustrating and disappointing to see that border patrol agents are vilified for strictly enforcing the laws that Congress put in place,” Judd said. “We’re trying to protect the American public. Yet, they romanticize those people that are crossing the border illegally and they vilify the good guys that are trying to do the job for the American public.”

Brian Kilmeade brought up the cost of the border battle as the delays are having a “ripple effect” across the business community. The “Fox & Friends” host asked Judd if he was being “foolishly optimistic” in hoping that the strain would force lawmakers to “put politics aside” and do something.

“In fact, that’s exactly what the Trump administration is doing,” Judd replied. “They’re hitting the Mexican economy in the pocketbook. That’s going to force Mexico to do their job and step up.”

Judd also reacted to the leadership changes in the Department of Homeland Security with the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen.

“It’s absolutely for the better. If you look at Secretary Nielsen, she is second to none in cybersecurity. That’s where her expertise lies. Unfortunately, she did not have that experience in border security,” he said.

“So we elevated the commissioner of customs and border protection who had a career at CBP with border security to face the problems that the DHS is looking at in the face right now and that is border security,” Judd added.

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