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Border Patrol: ‘We Are Simply Overwhelmed’

Eight days before Americans elect a new president, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions on Monday laid out the stakes as immigration enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border continues to deteriorate.

In a news release, the senator’s office declared a “crisis at our southwest border — one that in many ways exceeds the crisis we saw just two years ago, one that further undermines the integrity of our immigration system, but one that the most of the media has elected to ignore.”

The current situation “exceeds the crisis we saw just two years ago, one that further undermines the integrity of our immigration system, but one that the most of the media has elected to ignore.”

Sessions, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, arguably is the Senate’s foremost expert on immigration. He also has been an important surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Sessions’ release Monday serves to rebut the contention of President Obama’s administration that the border is secure, measured by the decreasing number of apprehensions and deportations from their peak earlier in his presidency. Sessions points to the following facts:

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“Indeed, rather than sending a strong signal to the world that the United States will not tolerate illegal immigration, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently appeared to blame the surge in illegal immigration on the refusal of Congress to pass a mass amnesty bill,” the senator’s news release states.

Judd, in a statement released by the Trump campaign, blasted Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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“Mrs. Clinton’s extreme plan will expand upon the policies that is the cause of the current crisis, including the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty orders — triggering a constitutional crisis,” he stated. “Her plan will erode the physical and economic security of this great nation and all of its residents. Her plan means an open door to criminal cartels, drug dealers, and even terrorists.”

The release issued by Sessions pointed to other lapses in the U.S. immigration system, including estimates that 527,127 people admitted legally for business or pleasure in fiscal year 2015 failed to return home after their visas expired.

“The integrity of our immigration system and our national sovereignty require a real change in enforcement,” the release states. “The future of our nation depends on strong, secure borders, and a president willing to enforce our laws. Without a commitment to deport aliens who violate our immigration laws, we lose our ability to protect our communities from criminal aliens, terrorism, and cartel-related crime and violence.”