Border Patrol Agent: Admin Treats Illegal Crossings ‘Like a Traffic Ticket’
Chris Cabrera says the administration is actively trying to 'circumvent their own laws'
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera said that the federal government is “trying to circumvent their own laws” by preventing the agents from securing the border and curbing illegal immigration during an interview Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
During an interview with CBS News Tuesday, Cabrera said the impending presidential election was one of the main causes of recent “mass spikes” in illegal crossings. Saying that the immigrants have been told that if Hillary Clinton is elected there will be “some sort of amnesty,” Cabrera added that they’ve been told if Donald Trump is elected, “there’s going to be some magical wall that pops up overnight and once that wall gets up, nobody will ever get in again.”
“They don’t seem to take it seriously. They seem to look at immigration violations like a traffic ticket, that it’s not really a big deal to them.”
Cabrera told Ingraham the federal government is impeding the agents’ efforts to contain the rush on the border.
“And you know, we’re just doing what the law says and what our job is,” Cabrera told Ingraham. “Apparently, they’re trying to circumvent their own laws, and we just want to do our jobs the way we know how to do it and the way we were trained to do it.”
Ingraham agreed with Cabrera, adding, “They’re treating you as an adversary rather than an ally in keeping America safe and secure.”
Cabrera said illegal immigrants are “taking advantage of this catch-and-release system,” every day. He estimated that anywhere between 500-800 such people are caught each day and released “right out the front door.” Furthermore, Cabrera estimated that only 50-60 percent of illegal immigrants are apprehended successfully each day.
The Border Patrol agent pointed to a period from 2005-2006 when the U.S. experienced a “mass rush” of mostly Brazilian and Honduran immigrants pouring into the country.
“And [the government] put a policy in place called the Expedited Removal, where people were sent back to their country within three days of crossing our border,” Cabrera said. “And you would not believe how quickly it just dried up. It was like somebody just turned off a water faucet. But for some reason, we went right back to the old system – releasing people into the country. And it’s ridiculous.”
Cabrera said the administration's radical aversion to supporting border patrol agents was a major reason the National Border Patrol Council endorsed Donald Trump for president over Hillary Clinton. Nobody else "talked of border security" like Trump, Cabrera said.
"You know, the main focus we had is border security. No other candidate had talked of border security at all," Cabrera said. "Some talked of some type of immigration reform, but nobody talked of border security. And in order to do any type of reform or anything you need to have it secured first. And he was the only candidate that went to that step of enforcing the borders."
When Ingraham asked him to characterize the Obama administration’s view toward the Border Patrol and its agents, Cabrera said that he didn’t think the administration thought "too much" of them at all.
"They don’t seem to take it seriously. They seem to look at immigration violations like a traffic ticket, that it’s not really a big deal to them. And it is a big deal, especially for the fact that there are a lot of people coming across with criminal history in the United States," Cabrera said.