As the U.S.-Mexico border is preparing for a newly formed migrant caravan traveling toward U.S. soil, a top Border Patrol union chief is questioning congressional Democrats on what’s being done as the U.S. continues to see a growing immigration crisis.
“This caravan is no accident. It’s actually the result of all these sanctuary policies,” vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Hector Garza told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday. “It’s the result of Congress not acting and continuing to encourage illegal immigration.”
A new caravan of up to 10,000 immigrants is expected to hit the southern border by the end of the week, as IJR Red reported, causing President Donald Trump to threaten the Mexican government to “apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military.”
“President Trump is doing everything in his power to be able to stop this crisis but Democrats and some activists are just doing everything behind his back to undermine his authority,” Garza said.
The Border Patrol union chief noted that the asylum process is being taken advantage of by immigrants looking for passage into the U.S. — a point noted by congressional Republicans such as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who has called for the asylum process to be reformed.
Garza went on to point out that multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have noticed that “there is a crisis on the border” that needs to be dealt with, but he asked, “what are you doing about it?”
On April 16 at an Iowa event, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) admitted that “we do have a problem at the southern border” and called on fellow Democrats to not side-step immigration problems.
“Democrats should not deny that we [do],” he said. “Nations should have borders, borders should be respected.”
Booker, however, targeted Trump’s long-promised border wall, saying there is no need for one “coast to coast” and that “you can use sensors and technologies and drones and a lot more to protect the border, which is what we should do.”
As for the construction of a wall, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman noted in an op-ed published Tuesday about his recent trip to the southern border: “The whole day left me more certain than ever that we have a real immigration crisis and that the solution is a high wall with a big gate — but a smart gate.”