‘Crisis at the Border’: the House Oversight Committee’s new report

2WC3B5C Eagle Pass, United States. 19 December, 2023. Texas Army National Guard attach razor wire to a temporary fence closing off access to the Rio Grande at the Texas-Mexico border, December 19, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas. The soldiers are acting on orders from the Texas Governor as part of the state sponsored Operation Lone Star. Credit: 1SG Suzanne Ringle/Texas National Guard/Alamy Live News

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The House Oversight Committee released a new detailed report on the border crisis revealing various systematic failures under the Biden administration. 

Crisis at the Border: Reports From The Frontline includes southwest border insights from sector chiefs dealing directly with the border crisis.

The report notes, “The surge of illegal entries into the United States under the Biden Administration is unprecedented.”

Many of the border patrol agents questioned admitted that allowing illegal immigrants to easily come into the country encourages others to take that same route. 

On page 8, Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector Dustin Caudle noted that border patrol agents have grown frustrated with the continued release of illegal immigrants in the United States. 

Describing why these illegal immigrants are entering the country, Chief Patrol Agent of the Tuscon Sector John Modlin noted that, “the belief that they are going to be released with no consequence is certainly something that many migrants tell our agents.”

He added, “Detention and removal has the most deterrent effect.”

Chief Border Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector Gregory Bovino noted on page 11 that border patrol agents struggle to do their job when policies deter them from pursuing illegal immigrants. 

He said, “Policies that inhibit their ability to arrest bad people and bad things are always a concern for Border Patrol agents.”

Anthony Good, Chief Border Patrol Agent at the El Paso Sector, along with other agents revealed that areas with a border barrier, like the border wall, see less traffic and are easier to patrol. 

Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Del Rio Sector explained on page 19 that the more illegal immigrants flood the border, the more people evade agents patrolling the area. 

“By virtue of the fact that I don’t have as many agents out on patrol because they’re addressing that flow, then it can provoke the gotaway numbers to be higher because we’re not out there,” he stated. 

He also noted that because they are overwhelmed it is more difficult to accurately project how many illegal immigrants are getting away from agents and crossing with no detection.

Modlin noted that this is a public safety concern and national security concern. 

The report went on to detail how human trafficking, drug smuggling, and terrorist threats have all increased due to the Biden administration’s lack of control over the border crisis. 

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., decried Biden’s recent dismissal of concerns surrounding the border crisis. She posted to X on Tuesday, stating, “This weekend, Biden said there is no reason to worry about the southern border.”

“It’s clear that this administration has no intention of securing the border. They created the crisis, and they want it to stay,” she concluded. 

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