Customs and Border Patrol has been forced to shut down three highway checkpoints in Arizona as the agency continues its attempt to combat the growing immigrating crisis currently gripping America’s southern border.
From Fox News:
The agency is shutting down three checkpoints in Willcox, Arizona, until further notice as personnel are being used instead to deal with the influx of migrants at the border, according to an internal document dated Tuesday seen by Fox News. Shutting down the checkpoints will severely hamper authorities’ anti-trafficking efforts, a CBP source told Fox News.
CBP later said in a statement to Fox: “Tucson Sector has redirected manpower, based on operational needs in response to shifting traffic patterns, resulting in the closure of several tactical checkpoints in southeastern Arizona.”
“We expect to re-open these checkpoints as manpower and activity levels dictate,” the statement said.
While the move will free up additional manpower for the agency to confront the issue at the border, it will come at a cost to its ability to combat drug and human trafficking efforts.
The move comes as President Biden’s shift in immigration policies has resulted in a surge of attempts to illegally cross the southern border, with officials saying there have been about 100,00 arrests at the border in February alone.
Meanwhile, the number of unaccompanied migrant children attempting to cross the border has tripled in the last two weeks:
Mark Morgan, a former acting CBP commissioner during the Trump administration, said it was not a surprise considering the spike in numbers.
“This is exactly what happened to us in 2019 at the height of the crisis before we were able to get the tools, policies and authorities we needed to address it,” he told Fox News. “We were shutting down lanes, we were pulling resources off what I referred to as our national security mission to deal with the humanitarian crisis.”
“As you’re looking at daily numbers between 4,500 and 5,000 a day, I knew this was coming,” he said.
The Biden Administration has continued to deny it has a crisis at the border, even as it has moved to increase capacity at child migrant centers in defiance of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidlines that say the facilities should operate at no more than 50% capacity.
But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott insists the situation at the border is currently untenable, announcing last week his decision to send National Guard troops and additional law enforcement officers to the border in an attempt to confront the crisis.
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