Border Patrol agent Hector Garcia on Thursday accused the Obama administration of “aiding, abetting and facilitating the smuggling of illegal aliens across the border.”
In an interview with CNN, Garza said the current influx of illegal immigrants is “organized” and “orchestrated” by the drug cartels. Additionally, he said the federal government is giving illegal immigrants a “free pass.” He said the feds are using the equivalent of the honor system in asking illegal immigrants to later report to an immigration hearing — even though the majority of them will never do so.
With resources being diverted to process illegals, the crisis then allows drug cartels to sneak illegal drugs and weapons across the U.S. border undetected, he explained.
Garza later argued that U.S. taxpayers are going to be on the hook to provide for the immigrant families.
“How do you expect a mother from Honduras that is crossing the country with 3 to 5 children, and they’re all young-aged children, how do you expect for that mother who comes to this country to actually begin working?” he asked.
He continued: “This illegal alien who comes to this country with 3 to 5 kids is gonna depend on our welfare system, on government assistance. And you know what? That is costing the taxpayer a lot of money.”
Watch the segment via CNN:
CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette questioned why the Border Patrol agent was even on the network discussing the border crisis after a gag order was reportedly placed on agents.
“Given the fact that there’s a gag order on Border Patrol agents in Texas, I’m surprised he’s even on this show saying these things if he’s with the border patrol at all,” Navarrette said.
Garza did not address the alleged gag order.
Ira Mehlman, of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, also recently said that the Obama administration has issued a gag order for Border Patrol agents.
(H/T: Right Scoop)