A group of former Border Patrol officials are begging Congress to address “our broken immigration system” — which they say is of “grave concern” and caused the “current crisis” on the southern border.
The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was signed by four former chiefs of the Border Patrol and five former chief patrol agents.
“On behalf of retired Chiefs of the United States Border Patrol, we write with grave concern regarding the current crisis on the southwest border,” the group wrote, Fox News reported Wednesday. “It is time to address our broken immigration system as well as the push and pull factors encouraging mass migration, and its impacts on border security.”
The ex-Border Patrol officials worked under both Republicans and Democrats, beginning with former President Bill Clinton, the outlet reported.
“The cycle of broken immigration crises must be a priority for Congress,” their letter continues. “The patchwork system in place continues to fail us all … criminal organizations are capitalizing on this crisis, exploiting these vulnerable unaccompanied children and their families while at the same time utilizing this distraction to overwhelm frontline Border Patrol agents.”
Their plea for help comes as the Biden administration refuses to acknowledge that there’s a crisis at the southern border — where Central American migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied children, have flocked in wake of Biden’s election.
President Biden and Vice President Harris met with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Wednesday.