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Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich is sounding the alarm on the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. During an interview on Fox News, Brnovich slammed Joe Biden’s “failed” immigration policies.
“Every time you think … we’ve hit rock bottom, something else happens,” he said. “There’s a record amount of people flooding into this country this year. Just last week, our office was involved in a record amount of fentanyl seized. Americans are dying. Our cities are more dangerous as a result of the failed Biden administration’s policies.”
Cartels “have seized operational control” of the southern border, Brnovich said, adding that Arizona has seized more than 6 million fentanyl pills over the past week alone.
Anita: Homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas making yet another trip to the southern border today, as we learn border agents encountered a record-shattering 234,000 migrants in April. Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich is here, he is also running for Senate. Good to see you. April numbers of migrant encounters are the highest on record for one month in the history of the Department of Homeland Security, 234,000. But I want to bring up the numbers of migrants removed in April, numbers are 113,000 expelled, 96,000, 96,908 of those are because of title 42. I did the math, that’s 85%. So, what happens when title 42 goes away?
Brnovich: Well, what happens when title 42 goes away, we will have a record amount of people illegally entering the country as we already are starting to see. Because the Biden Administration is essentially decriminalized and incentivized people coming here. And populations like Richmond, Virginia are coming over illegally in one month to the United States. We are on pace to have essentially Nebraska or West Virginia illegally enter the country this year. The overwhelming strain on social services. I was fighting the Biden Administration to give benefits to noncitizens, and cartels, regarding the amount of not only people but fentanyl and methamphetamine, flowing into the
Anita: Real quick, I want to turn to the revelation now of a drug tunnel, a fully operational drug tunnel connecting Tijuana to San Diego. At least six were arrested, and $25 million in drugs was seized next to your state. Quickly, 30 seconds, what more can you tell us?
Brnovich: You know, I’ve been to the board, I was a gang prosecutor. It’s not the first time and won’t be the last. The Biden Administration is not taking it seriously. These are sophisticated operations. You could drive a car through them. These are, they hire miners, hire professionals to build the tunnels, and cartels are enriching themselves. We need to do everything we can to get the federal government to stop the chaos on the southern border.
The number of immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border hit another record high in April, according to newly released data from the Department of Homeland Security.
Customs and Border Patrol stopped 234,088 migrants along the border last month, which is the highest recorded number in the history of the Department.
This also represents a 5.8 percent increase from March, which itself broke the previous record that was set in July of 2021.
“Of those apprehended, around 96,908 were summarily expelled under Title 42, a pandemic-era public health measure. While the largest numbers were recorded in the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio Sectors of Texas, where upwards of 40,000 migrants each was apprehended, the most expulsions occurred in the Tucson Sector in Arizona, where 18,678 were removed. However, over 110,207 aliens were released into the country, with 88,542 being “paroled” – i.e., granted temporary legal status – under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Many will be eligible for Employment Authorization Documents, i.e., U.S. work permits, after a period of residency,” the report stated.