‘We had it under control’ under Trump: AZ sheriff blasts Biden admin for border crisis

Arizona Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels blasted President Biden during an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade over the exploding border crisis. He claims that Biden’s reversal of Trump’s illegal immigration policies has created a catastrophe on the southern U.S. border.

“When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources, and it stopped construction on our border,” Dannels stated during a “Fox & Friends” interview this week.

“As a result of that, one area where the fence is not complete, we get five or six groups a day coming across there. It’s [opened up] the border. It opened up the message that it’s okay to come in this country. This administration owns this decision,” he told Kilmeade. “And what it’s doing is it’s forcing us back to 2019, where we had the largest what I call crime scene in the country to include the largest humanitarian situation going on.”

He claimed that the border is pretty much “wide open” right now. Local law enforcement is very frustrated and alarmed and Dannels says that “we had it under control” under the Trump administration.

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“A year ago today, we were running, just on our camera system, 300 to 400 a month,” Dannels stated concerning the number of illegal border crossings in his county. “In August, when the politics kicked up, we jumped up to 1,200 a month. In December, it was over 2,500 illegal entries to include over 500 pounds of illicit drugs. I just got the charts [the other day], it’s skyrocketing back to numbers we saw in 2019. The reason we have MPP and these other programs President Trump put in place was because the 2019 caravan and surges. It worked. It’s not working now.”

Dannels also recently told the Washington Times: “We just built roads for the cartels.” He calls the whole mess “a product of politics within policing.” The cartels are now allegedly using our own roads against us to smuggle drugs and people deep inside the country.

The sheriff commented on smugglers coming across the border and how their numbers are skyrocketing.

Kilmeade continued to nail Biden on the border and Dannels said: “Well, politics changed. Politics changed, ideologies changed. It’s hypocritical, to be honest with you, Brian, what we’ve seen in the past and where we’re at today, it’s very hypocritical by this administration. It goes against the grain of the CDC. I would love to hear Dr. Fauci, who nobody is talking about what’s going on the southwest border, when it comes to the health pandemic in this country. They are not testing them. They’re being released without being tested into communities. And then you look at the public safety aspect of this. It’s upsetting. It’s almost like we’re not part of this country, which is very upsetting.”

Dannels’ Cochise County contains 83 miles of the border shared with Mexico. The sheriff also chairs the Border Security Committee of the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Former President Trump wrote an article on Friday entitled: “Violated His Oath of Office.” Trump took Biden to the woodshed over illegal immigration: “Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden. Our great Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration.”

The piece goes on to accuse Biden of shirking his constitutional duties: “Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”


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