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Hastings, the border chief of operations, told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that “we need a change in the current outdated laws that we’re dealing with for this current demographic and this crisis that we have.”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are assisting in the massive flow of immigrants, “they’re short-term solutions where we need a current change in the outdated laws.”