AZ sheriff on border "chaos": Biden "owns this," "we had it under control" with Trump

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Mar 7th, 2021 8:48 am

Last Updated Mar 8th, 2021 at 11:49 am

Arizona's Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels criticized President Joe Biden's immigration policies and the administration's handling of issues at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

"When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources, and it stopped construction on our border," Dannels said.

"As a result of that, one area where the fence is not complete, we get five or six groups a day coming across there. It's [opened up] the border. It opened up the message that it's okay to come in this country. This administration owns this decision."

"[W]e had it under control, this [is] frustrating."

"Politics changed, ideologies changed. It's hypocritical, to be honest with you, Brian, what we've seen in the past and where we're at today, it's very hypocritical by this administration."

Dannels said "when politics kicked up" in August, illegal border crossing jumped to 1,200 per month. In December, over 2,500 illegal entries and over 500 pounds of illicit drugs came to the U.S.

"It's wide open, and with the chaos going on the border based on these administrative decisions ...141 countries breached our southwest border in the first nine months, over 1,000 gang members, 822 assaults on agents, 271 deaths on our border. This is a crime scene."

"[I]t's skyrocketing back to numbers we saw in 2019. ... [T]hese other programs President Trump put in place was because the 2019 caravan and surges. It worked. It's not working now."

On February 11, Biden reversed an emergency order used by former President Donald Trump to build the border wall. Biden said he "determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted."

🔦 On Friday, Former President Trump criticized Biden's immigration policies, saying the border will "soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before."


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