Former Border Chief Assails Biden’s Handling Of ‘Top Issue’

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It was an interview that confirmed exactly what we all knew. Democrats do not care about the ongoing crisis at the border. Despite claims otherwise, the former man in charge of Customs and Border Patrol said the president has not particularly paid to the concerns the American public has about the millions who have entered the country illegally since his inauguration in 2021. 

During his two-year tenure as the U.S. Chief of Border Patrol, the ex-chief, Raul Ortiz, revealed to 60 Minutes that neither President Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris engaged in any communication with him. Despite being appointed as the administration’s “border czar” by President Biden in May 2021, Harris also did not have any dialogue with Ortiz during his time in office.

It turns out Chris Murphy accidentally spoke the truth when he claimed that illegal immigrants were the Americans that Democrats care about.

“I’ve never had one conversation with the president or the vice president, for that matter,” Ortiz said. “I was the chief of the border patrol. I commanded 21,000 people. That’s a problem.”

Ortiz, who retired last year, criticized the Biden administration for having agencies react to crises at the behest of politics and the media. Biden reportedly visited the southern border at Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday, the same day former President Donald Trump traveled to the border at El Paso, Texas, to deliver remarks, explained The Daily Caller. 

“You don’t just plant a flag just to plant a flag,” Ortiz said. “It’s gotta be strategic, and it’s gotta make sense.”

“When agencies are making a decision based upon politics or whether they will get media coverage, ‘Hey, we’re gonna put all our personnel in this two-mile stretch.’ What about the other 200 miles?” Ortiz exclaimed.

Ortiz, who had previously served as the deputy chief under former President Trump, retired from his position in May 2023.

Last week, Fox News wrote that “congressional representatives and conservative commentators mocked the Biden administration for referring to those illegally crossing the border as ‘newcomers,’ arguing it is the latest of many euphemisms for illegal immigrants.

In a fact sheet distributed by the White House press office to advocate for the bipartisan border agreement President Biden has endorsed, officials pointed out that the bill includes $1.4 billion ‘for cities and states who are providing critical services to newcomers.'”

“This was scorched by the official House Republicans account on X, writing, the ‘Biden White House is now referring to illegal immigrants as ‘newcomers.’ Joe Biden is not serious about stopping the illegal immigration into the United States. This is a catastrophe by design.’

This post went viral on social media, and multiple public figures roasted the Biden administration’s rhetoric, Fox continued. 

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas recently announced that the administration had done away with the term “illegal immigrants” altogether. 

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, a Republican from Tennessee, laid into the White House’s deployment of “such dishonest and misleading language” to trick Americas in an interview with The Daily Mail.  

Americans, he continued, “universally oppose providing billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens.” 

The outlet noted that “Illegal aliens” is the legal term to describe individuals who do not immigrate through legal and official channels into the country.  

“I’m sure those who have recently arrived in our country through the legal immigration process will be surprised to learn ‘newcomers’ for President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas now include those who jumped the line to get in,” he added.

Over 7 million migrants have crossed the border illegally since the start of the Biden administration. Customs and Border Protection told Fox News in December “that migrant encounters hit a staggering 300,000 incidents in the last month of 2023, reaching a level thought unimaginable just years ago.

Between Dec. 1 and December 31, more than 302,000 migrants were documented attempting to cross the U.S. southern border. 

It is the highest total for a single month ever recorded. It is also the first time migrant encounters have exceeded 300,000.”

 The number is roughly the same population as the city of Pittsburgh. Illegal immigration has “surged” to the top of the list of issues most concerning to Americans, according to Gallup. 

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