Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings revealed the record-breaking number of illegal immigrants and begged Congress to help change the broken system during an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday.
“So far we just keep seeing increase after increase,” said Hastings. “Unfortunately, we’re breaking everything that we track as far as breaking records, the amount of apprehensions, large groups, the amount in custody. It just continues to rise so far with no sign of slowing.”
He described the increased flow of people and his shock at how serious the problem is.
“Those numbers are just astronomical,” Hastings said.
He broke down the recent numbers to show how much of a problem illegal immigration is.
“So far, in this fiscal year and as of today, over 614,000 that we’ve arrested. That’s higher than the last ten fiscal years and we have four months remaining in this fiscal year. That’s very concerning, it’s alarming to see the number that we saw in May. In May alone, we had over 132,000 arrests that were made, we’re up to 190 large groups now, we had a group on May 29 that was 1,045 in a large group.”
When asked about what Congress can do to help the issue, Hastings claimed that there needs to be a change in immigration laws to prevent people from taking advantage of potential loopholes.
“We have to be able to apply some type of consequence because the folks that we’re interviewing day in and day out, the agents are hearing every day ‘bring a kid, and you’ll be released,'” said Hastings.
He specifically pointed out the TVPRA law, which prevents families with their children from being deported. Hasting claimed that the law is being misused by those who claim unrelated children as their own to avoid being deported.
As IJR Red previously reported, immigration officials are requesting that Congress act and change the broken immigration system.