Former acting Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan roasted President Joe Biden on Monday over what he described as “radical open borders” policies that are once again creating a “crisis” along the country’s southwest boundary.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Morgan agreed with co-host Brian Kilmeade’s assessment that under former President Donald Trump, border security was greatly improved through a series of combined actions including stricter enforcement of immigration laws, building a border wall, and programs like “Remain in Mexico.”
But upon taking office, Biden, who is set to hold talks with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday, began signing executive orders undoing most of his predecessor’s immigration policies. That, Morgan says, has directly lead to a new and burgeoning “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Morgan began by describing the former president’s comments regarding his immigration policies during his Sunday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference as being “spot-on” in discussing how “borders matter.”
“He was very clear and went through … line by line just how successful we were and how, in just a few weeks, the radical open border policies of this administration has eroded every single successful tool and authority we had,” Morgan said.
“Now, they’re shocked that we see a crisis at our southern border,” the former CBP chief continued.
In response, Kilmeade cited a CBP report from last week stating that some 13,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America are expected to arrive at the U.S. border by May, likening the caravan to a reversal of Trump’s immigration policies.
Morgan explained that the Biden administration is doing the opposite of what Trump did — when minors and adults are caught entering illegally, they are processed and then set free inside the country rather than be sent back to where they came from.
At the same time, Morgan continued, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security as essentially neutered Immigration and Customs Enforcement from being able to arrest and deport people illegal in the U.S. — all of which are designed to “reward” illegal entry with eventual citizenship.
“So basically in a couple years, we’re gonna have a couple more million people here illegally demanding their amnesty,” he said.
Kilmeade went on to quote White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki who said last week that the Biden administration believes the “humane” thing to do is to not send minors back home but to leave them in the U.S.
Morgan pushed back, citing “independent studies” that show at least one-third of migrant children are abused by smugglers, as Trump noted during his CPAC speech. Thus, he explained, by implementing policies that encourage illegal immigration, that actually increases chances for harm to migrant kids.
“Here’s another thing that the press secretary doesn’t say,” Morgan continued. “The hypocrisy in our laws. If you’re an unaccompanied minor from Canada or Mexico, we send you back. It’s only from the non-contiguous countries from the Northern Triangle…we keep those kids.
“It makes no sense and that’s what we were addressing,” Morgan said.
Kilmeade noted that Biden and López Obrador are set to meet on Monday, adding that the Mexican leader worked well with the Trump administration to control the countries’ mutual border including using the military and agreeing to the Remain in Mexico policy.
The Washington Times reported Monday that Lopez Obrador will propose a “Bracero” type of immigrant labor program similar to one during World War II and beyond that allowed Mexicans to come work in the U.S. temporarily and legally. The Times added that “AMLO,” as the Mexican leader is known, will push for 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants to be able to come into the U.S. annually.
Speculating about the conversation between the two leaders, Morgan suggested that AMLO should ask about Biden’s policy changes, which he said have once again exacerbated illegal immigration, which is also negatively impacting Mexico.
“If I was the Mexican president, I would be calling Biden out on it,” Morgan said.
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