WASHINGTON (SBG) - 500 migrant teens arrived at San Antonio, Texas Tuesday morning, and officials say more are on the way. The surge of migrant children at the border is expected to last for the next seven months, according to recent reports.
“Right now they’re anticipating over 150,000 apprehensions of those trying to illegally enter the country this month, that's a 354% increase from this time last year,” said former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat.
Morgan says three significant things have changed from this administration.
“They removed the CDC order Title 42, that under a global pandemic allowed us for those that were illegally entering, to process them on the border and remove them,” said Morgan. “The Remain in Mexico program was eroded, which allowed us to catch and release. Those individuals were being returned to Mexico to wait for their asylum hearings The agreements we had with the Northern Triangle countries that said you should seek relief and assistance from the first safe country you come to, that’s gone as well. ”
The Office of Personnel Management sent a memo to government agencies looking for volunteers to help with the border surge, according to recent reports.
“They’ve also called in FEMA,” said Morgan. “Guess what we have right now? A crisis. They're seeing 6,000 a day.”
Morgan says the influx of immigrants at the border is impacting morale, recruitment, and retention among Border Patrol agents. According to a report from The Washington Times, Border Patrol agents in Ariza are being told to watch out for migrants looking to kill law enforcement.
“Hundreds of families and unaccompanied minors are coming across one sector of the border, while the other part is left unmanned,” said Morgan. “Criminal aliens are coming across, drugs are coming across. That is where the danger lies. Criminal aliens are coming across, they're going to fight and they're going to go after law enforcement to try to do everything they can to escape and come into the United States.”