The former head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is speaking out against Biden administration border policies he feels threaten national security. He suggested that the biggest threat that the U.S. is facing is the current administration withholding information from the American public.
Rodney Scott, who was forced out of his position as Border Patrol Chief earlier this year by the Biden administration earlier spoke at length about border security, or lack thereof, in an interview with Fox News TV reporter Bret Baier.
Scott, who led the agency for about 18 months, began his career with the Border Patrol on May 11, 1992, as a member of U.S. Border Patrol Academy class 252. His first assignment was at the Imperial Beach Station in San Diego. His first assignment as a new Border Patrol agent was along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, a place where thousands of illegal immigrants lined up and rushed the border en masse, their numbers overwhelming the handful of agents trying to stop them, according to an account on the Border Patrol website.
“On day one when I showed up to work,” Scott said, “I saw hundreds of people running up the median of Interstate 5, helicopters buzzing around, and I thought there was some kind of big incident or crisis that day.” He said he quickly found out it was just a normal day.
The 29-year veteran agent’s career spanned six different administrations and has seen the early chaos slowly, but surely, contained. He expressed gratification that former President Donald Trump’s administration adopted many of the policies advocated by border agents to enhance border security. Scott pointed said more patrol agents, improved infrastructure like the border wall, and enhanced technology, along with the Remain in Mexico policy was good for agents and asylum seekers.
Border patrol agents benefitted because those measures reduced the waves of people they had to interact with, allowing them to respond to more incursions. Asylum seekers benefitted because Scott said the Remain in Mexico policy weeded out many of the fraudulent claimants, which helped speed up the process for legitimate cases.
Scott told Baier borders are essential for national security because you can’t have security if you don’t know who’s is coming into your country. Baier asked him if the border is fairly open now.
“No, the border is wide open right now,” Scott replied. “Border Patrol is well beyond what I would call task saturation. They are so overwhelmed.” The former agency chief explained his belief that’s it’s possible to pro-immigration while being pro-border security and pro-law and order. He said he is all in favor of legal immigration.
“You can’t have unabated illegal entry into this country and have any real belief that you have border security,” Scott said. “And, if you have no border security, you have no homeland security, no national security.”
“Just society in general, that how it’s harder and harder to, even people listening to me right now, you don’t have to believe anything I say,” Scott continued. “Anybody that thinks that an uneducated smuggler bringing cocaine and marijuana across the border that successfully gets past Border Patrol agents is the only threat, is kind of naïve. There’s a lot of other threats. And again, we’d have to sit in a different, different venue for that. But I spent five years after 9/11 working on anti-terrorism issues specifically for Border Patrol and CBP and bringing us into that arena to see what the other threats are that are out there.”
Scott later added that the situation at the border, based on intelligence that he’s seen, is going to get significantly worse in the near future, saying, “it’s going to get so much worse if we don’t fix this.”
He believes many Americans consider the flood of illegal aliens just a border problem. He argues otherwise, saying they’re not staying there. “Those 400,000 people that avoided arrest, they clearly didn’t stay at the border, they might be living down the street from you,” Scott said, asking, “Who are they? What’s the threat?”
Scott said he couldn’t tell Baier because the agency didn’t interact with them. Another thing he said that gets missed sometimes is that there’s no global database that says what crimes these people committed in Syria or Nicaragua or Honduras at all. So, unknown people who enter the country illegally could be more than just poverty-stricken people searching for a better life.
“You cannot let people just come up, wave a flag, and then release them into the U.S. to get their case heard five, six years later,” Scott said, arguing they’ve already got the prize. “They’re already here.”
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