The president of the U.S. Border Patrol’s union on Tuesday accused the Biden administration of hiding the true extent of the worsening illegal immigration crisis a day after video and photos surfaced showing as many as 1,000 migrants being detained in sweltering heat underneath a bridge in Mission, Texas.
Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council, responded to the footage, which was presented by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin over the weekend, by noting that while it is good that Americans can see what’s going on, in reality, it is much worse behind the scenes.
“It’s disturbing to know what’s going on but if you saw what was going on behind closed doors, you’d be even more disturbed,” Judd told “Fox & Friends” co-host Jillian Mele, adding that Customs and Border Protection officials are currently dealing with as many as 10,000 illegal immigrants in custody, and that’s just in the Rio Grande Valley sector.
“It’s great that we have that visual, it’s great that the American public gets to see exactly what we’re dealing with, but in reality, it’s much worse than what they’re actually able to see,” Judd continued.
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“We have to understand that it’s much worse and this administration just does not want you to know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes,” said Judd.
Mele responded by asking why Americans weren’t able to see more of the bigger picture regarding the gravity and breadth of the illegal migrant crisis.
Judd replied that the Biden administration is not allowing the media into migrant processing facilities, most of which are “overcrowded.”
“They’re also not allowing you to see how many agents we’re pulling off the line in order to hold these people in our custody,” Judd said.
On Monday, Melugin posted video shot from a Fox News drone showing the mass of people being kept under the bridge in crowded conditions. He also laid out the scope of the problem being dealt with by Border Patrol and CBP agents.
“Our FOX drone is currently over Anzalduas Bridge in Mission, TX where a massive group of hundreds of migrants are waiting to be processed out in the heat. Local Border Patrol stations in the McAllen area are extremely over capacity. Over 3,000 in one day on Friday,” Melugin reported.
Judd added, “We have very few agents that are patrolling the border right now simply because we’re overwhelmed with the number of people we have in custody and the number of people that continue to cross on a daily basis.”
Mele shifted gears, noting that reports on Monday also said that the Mexican government was now refusing to accept non-Mexican citizens from the U.S. who are being deported under Title 42 governing COVID-19 restrictions. She suggested that policy will make the situation even worse in the U.S. in part because of the already overcrowded detention facilities.
Judd said that the Mexican government feels “emboldened” by the rhetoric coming out of the Biden administration in which some officials have said the U.S. can’t return migrants under Title 42, which he said is incorrect.
“We could set up flights going back to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, to other countries, which we would have to do anyway when we deport people back to their country of origin,” Judd said.
Later, he accused President Joe Biden of being dishonest about previous statements indicating he wanted to work with both sides of the political aisle to resolve issues including the border crisis.
“That’s just not true,” Judd said. “What we are seeing is an increase (in illegal migrant traffic) because [Biden] is willing to listen to his base rather than what’s best for the American public as a whole.”
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