The flood of illegals attempting to cross our southern border has dropped in recent weeks, due in no small part to help from Mexican authorities taking steps to protect their southern border. Also, they have begun to aggressively seek out encroachers already in Mexico that are trying to get to the USA, ostensibly to claim “asylum” status, and are deporting them back across their southern border.
Even though the numbers have been reduced significantly (in May the count topped 144,000+), during August of this year that number still amounted to just over 64,000 illegals who came across. To contain that many people does require significant holding area capacity, and it’s no secret that the temporary holding facilities are still overstressed.
In Thursday night’s Democrat round of debates, Joe Biden insisted that the Obama administration never used “cages” to hold illegals at the border, claiming that “Comparing this president to the president we had is outrageous, number one. We didn’t lock people up in cages, we didn’t separate families, we didn’t do all of those things,” but CBP deputy commissioner Robert Perez explained that “loopholes” in immigration laws are what has fueled the border crisis dating back several administrations, not just the last two.
The reality is that the “cages” have been in use since 2014, well before Trump even announced his candidacy for the Oval Office.
Here’s a video of Biden’s assertations, and Perez’s reply:
“Comparing this president to the president we had is outrageous, number one. We didn’t lock people up in cages, we didn’t separate families, we didn’t do all of those things,” the former vice president said at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, defending Obama’s immigration policies.
On “America’s Newsroom,” anchor Julie Banderas said the claim was “simply untrue,” asking whether the so-called cages were first used in 2014, during the Obama years, to deal with a massive influx of migrant families at the southern border.
“That is correct,” said CBP deputy commissioner Robert Perez, explaining that “loopholes” in immigration laws are what has fueled the border crisis dating back several administrations, not just the last two.
He said “real inroads” have been made in recent months, especially with greater cooperation from Mexican authorities,” to bring down the number of migrants at the border.
“Congress just got back in town. It is time for them to get to work with us to find lasting solutions to this ongoing challenge,” he said.
Perez said cages are not being used currently at longer-term border detention facilities, but short-term holding facilities near the border became overpopulated this summer. He said “unprecedented steps” have been taken to provide additional space and essential medical care for migrants.