In an interview with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto this week, former Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan condemned the new policies and messages coming from President Joe Biden on the subject of illegal immigration. Morgan said that the new policies are already driving a surge of migration at the border and threatening to undo all of the important security progress made by the Trump administration.
Cavuto kicked things off by talking about one of Biden’s first actions, which was to dismantle the “Remain in Mexico” protocols that Trump put in place.
“You probably know and heard yesterday that asylum seekers who, during the Trump administration, to litigate their case, had to sort of chill out in Mexico while that was being done,” said Cavuto. “Well, now they’re allowed to come into the United States and chill out until illegal authorities can score a court appointment for them. The problem with that, and why the Trump administration had changed it so that they had to wait it out in Mexico is that a lot of them never showed up for those appointments. And that is the concern right now, no doubt of my next guest, Mark Morgan. Mark is the former acting custom Border Protection Commissioner — joins us right now. Mark, what do you think of this plan and the risks that you think are out there?”
“Neil, you just stated the biggest risk of all,” replied Morgan. “Look, back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes, one of them being if you made it to [our] border, you’re going to be released to the United States, never to be heard from again, that’s not Right or Left thing, facts support that.
“And under the Trump administration, that was cut off in large part due to the Migrant Protection Protocol, the remain in Mexico program as most know it,” Morgan continued. “And now, not only has that program been rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program, those are the people now that are being actively allowed in the United States, that all they’re doing is they’re coming to a port of entry and now they’re being allowed in.”
Morgan said that, because of Biden’s policies and the accompanying surge, the administration has returned to the catch-and-release way of handling migrants.
“They’re going to be allowed in, there’s really no monitoring, and now, because of the new enforcement restrictions, ICE is going to be prohibited, if they don’t show up for a hearing, they’re going to be prohibited from going after them and detaining them and trying to remove them,” Morgan said. “I mean, they are absolutely — we’re seeing a new era where our country is facilitating illegal immigration.”