Border Patrol Chief Calls for Changes in Outdated Immigration Laws: ‘We’re Overwhelmed’

The U.S. Border Patrol chief Brian Hastings is calling on the immigration laws to be fixed by Congress as the U.S.-Mexico border sees a surge of illegal immigrants trying to cross onto U.S. soil.

Hastings, the border chief of operations, told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that “we need a change in the current outdated laws that we’re dealing with for this current demographic and this crisis that we have.”

At the U.S. southern border, Hastings noted the increasing numbers of apprehensions, reaching upward of 440,000 as of Thursday. He continued:

“It’s more so because it’s the change in demographics, so you’re talking historically, 70 to 90 percent those that were arrested, we could quickly return to contiguous Mexico. Whereas today we’re seeing up to 83 percent of those coming across the border from The Northern Triangle and about 63 percent of those are family units and children.”

Hastings continued to say there are “no consequences that we can apply to this group currently,” which is due to the current law that children in the “family units” can only be held in the detention centers for 20 days.

“We’re overwhelmed,” he added. “If you look at agents on the border, they’re doing a tremendous job trying to deal with this flow.”

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As IJR Red reported, in the first half of the fiscal year 2019 over 418,000 immigrants were apprehended at the southern border, compared to 404,142 immigrants apprehended in the fiscal year 2018, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics.

As Hastings pointed out, while multiple law enforcement departments are assisting in the massive flow of immigrants, “they’re short-term solutions where we need a current change in the outdated laws.”

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TOM
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There is nothing wrong with the immigration laws. The problems are with the bleeding hearts (see Screwtape’s stray analogy) and the justice system that won’t enforce the laws.

Screwtape
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We need to adapt realistic laws AND FORCIBLY enforce them. For the multi-culti crowd who worship other nations that means Mexico, Canada, and even the Nordic countries. They have STANDARDS while still allowing for refugees and humanitarian cases.

Let’s first start by enforcing the existing laws HARD. Force asylum to follow the rules.

The US already makes over 1 million naturalized citizens. This is more than the rest of the world combined.

Screwtape
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He’s right that the current laws are outdated. q.v. generals fighting the last war.

MariaRose Randazzo
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Our Immigration laws have never been exactly concise or completely unbiased but they do give us a basis to determine how individuals enter our country because we can’t continue to be so open with our borders. Especially when we can’t even take care of the poor who already live here. Without slowing down how many people can enter the country, we will soon run out of resources period. Vetting should be the first priority, second desire to become permanent citizens (we are not a temporal way stop.

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