Former Department of Homeland Security secretary under President Barack Obama, Jeh Johnson, says that America is “truly in a crisis.”
Johnson in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday said that the system is easily overwhelmed when there are 1,000 apprehensions in a day. Considering there were over 4,000 apprehensions reported in one day in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, Johnson said “we are truly in a crisis.”
“When I was in office in Kirstjen Nielsen’s job at her desk, I’d get to work around 6:30 in the morning and there’d be my intelligence book sitting on my desk, the PDB, and also the apprehension numbers from the day before,” Johnson explained. “And I’d look at them every memory morning, it would be the first thing I’d look at, and I probably got too close to the problem.”
He continued, “[M]y staff will tell you if it was under 1,000 apprehensions the day before, that was a relatively good number. And if it was above 1,000, it was a relatively bad number, and I was going to be in a bad mood the whole day. On Tuesday, there were 4,000 apprehensions. I know that a thousand overwhelms the system. I cannot begin to imagine what 4,000 a day looks like. So we are truly in a crisis.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Arizona and Texas have begun releasing illegal aliens into the country due to overcrowded detention facilities.
CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan during a press conference at a Border Patrol station near El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday said that "the breaking point has arrived at our border."
This comes amid an ongoing fight over President Trump’s national emergency declaration to provide funds to address the situation at the border.