A leaked group of emails revealed that illegal migrants have tried “escaping” from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody, attempted to “overrun drivers,” and more.
The emails, covered by the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project, offer a glimpse into the hectic situations agents are forced to face at the U.S.-Mexico border since President Joe Biden put an expansive Catch and Release network into place.
In one email, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz says that his agents and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are being attacked by border crossers and illegal aliens while also dealing with attempted runaways.
A September 2021 email sent by Ortiz read:
The bus contractors and pilots are dealing with Haitians escaping or trying to overrun drivers and we stay quiet. Agents and pro staff are working 14 hours days in difficult conditions, nothing said. We have to change the narrative or these stories will be the only story. [Emphasis added]
Ortiz has faced controversy in his own ranks before over his perceived inability to secure the U.S. border as a consequence of following orders from up top, as was seen in a tense exchange between himself and a Customs and Border Protection agent.
“Good men are doing nothing,” an agent said to Ortiz in a video posted in January of last year. “You’re allowing illegal aliens to be dropped off in communities.”
A recent report from Breitbart News found that illegal immigration reached a record high in Dec. 2022, with over 250,000 recorded apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border. It also pointed out that there were 2.3 million apprehensions of illegal border crossers in 2022, with estimates putting the U.S. on track to receive an estimated 2.7 million entries in 2023.
Last month, a total of almost 88,000 illegal aliens were found to have successfully entered the country from Mexico. This is after over 73,000 migrants managed to come through unchecked in November 2022.
As Breitbart noted, these so-called “got-away” figures are in addition to tens of thousands of migrants that Biden’s DHS is letting loose into the country every month.
Biden’s DHS is reportedly hiding the monthly number of migrants who are directly released into the United States.