Chief Border Patrol agent of the El Paso sector Aaron Hull is sending a warning about the U.S. border security regarding the immigration crisis at the southern border.
Hull told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that law enforcement officials at the U.S.-Mexico border put themselves in “difficult” and “dangerous” conditions every day with the “ever-increasing flow” of migrants.
The U.S. southern border is seeing a growing immigration crisis, as the number of total apprehensions in the fiscal year 2019 has already passed the total in the fiscal year 2018, with four months still to go — this includes the 32 percent increase from April to May with 144,278 total migrant apprehensions.
“The border security threats remain,” Hull said. “In addition to the family unit aliens and unaccompanied children that we’re catching, we continue to catch criminals, pedophiles, people with contagious diseases.”
He added that many resources are being drawn away from border security to stewardship roles due to the massive increase of migrants trying to cross into the country illegally.
“Every day that it continues, every day our border security threats increase,” Hull said. “[…] There are very serious security threats, and we catch people from all around the world, and their intentions for entering this country are not always good.”
The Border Patrol chief pointed out that border officials face the challenges of not being able to hold migrants in custody long enough during their immigration proceeding, as well as the resource requirement:
“Regardless of what we do with the law, the requirement for resources is a daily, 24-hour requirement. A year ago here in the El Paso sector, we were spending a little over $1,000 a day on alien supplies. Now, we’re spending over $40,000 a day.”
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President Donald Trump previously requested $4.5 billion of funds from Congress to help with the migrant situation at the U.S. southern border, which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on Tuesday the Senate is expected to vote on next week.