Border Patrol Agent Says the Influx of Migrants ‘Absolutely’ Means More Drugs and Criminals Cross the Border

Rio Grande Valley sector chief Border Patrol agent Rodolfo Karisch claimed that the mass influx of migrants has “absolutely” prevented agents from securing the border from illegal drugs.

As IJR previously reported, the mass migration from Central America to the United States has stretched resources thin at the border. More than 1 million migrants are expected to be apprehended at the border this fiscal year, many of whom are children. Because of this, Border Patrol agents have been pulled from their posts and stationed at facilities to help with things like changing diapers and providing medical attention for migrants.

During a press conference with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Karisch said that this “absolutely” leaves the border open to drug smugglers and other criminals.

Watch Karisch’s comments:

“I only have 40 percent of the workforce to dedicate to the border security. With that, you’ve got hard drugs, you’ve got marijuana that’s still continuing to flow. You’ve got criminal aliens. Year to date, 258 MS-13 gang members, 96 18th Street gang members. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a report for someone that we’ve taken into custody that has an active arrest warrent for murder, for sexual assault, for some other crime here in the United States. That’s the reality of what we face.”

Cruz noted that apprehensions of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and meth have all increased over the past year.

“If we don’t get serious about solving it, those problems are only going to get worse,” Cruz said.

Karisch noted that marijuana is the only drug in which apprehensions have gone down despite agents still seizing 91,000 pounds. He said the reason for the decline could be that demand has gone down as more states legalize the drug.

In just the past week, Border Patrol has apprehended 5,000 fentanyl pills and 10 pounds of cocaine from stops near the border.

Of course, the bigger problem is the drugs that are not being apprehended due to the crowding at the border.

As IJR previously reported, Cruz placed the blame for the migrant crisis on Congress for refusing to close asylum loopholes.

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Brad
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I wonder what the response would be if a few million Russians illegally entered our country?

Patriotic Legal Immigrant
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Just waiting for Beto to come-up with: “NO COMPRENDE!” “IMPOSSIBLE…SI?”

Screwtape
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Thinking people understand that what’s seized is just the tip of the iceberg.
Until we change our own appetites and laws this will continue. The simplest measure would be to make these capital crimes with summary executions. But our country and politicians lack the will and guts to do so.

James
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I’d recommend MORE, non-stop news media coverage of the border crisis and have it laid directly at the Democrat’s feet. Because of their hatred of President Trump and his campaign promise to fix the problem, they – the Democrats – have actually ENCOURAGED the increased flow of Illegal Invaders and drugs into the United States. THEY – the Democrats – from #44 to Pelosi to Schumer and everyone in between are totally responsible for the mess the American taxpayers (including the Democrats who are caught paying taxes) must pay for. The Left MUST wake up to reality, abandon their childishness,… Read more »

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