The border crisis in Texas continues to escalate, and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul is voicing his concerns about the dire situation. In a recent interview, McCaul highlighted the challenges faced by U.S. border officials, particularly the threat posed by powerful drug cartels using advanced surveillance techniques, including drones, to monitor and outmaneuver Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
According to McCaul, the Rio Grande Valley sector, which is at the forefront of this crisis, is significantly under-resourced, with only 20 drones available for surveillance. This situation leaves U.S. forces at a disadvantage compared to the well-equipped cartels. McCaul emphasizes the need for better technology and resources to match the cartels’ capabilities.
The ongoing situation at the border is further complicated by the Biden administration’s catch-and-release policy. McCaul criticizes this approach, explaining that it creates a significant incentive for illegal immigration, benefiting cartel smugglers in Mexico. He argues that the U.S. needs a more robust system with adequate detention space and immigration judges. He believes that a change in policy could potentially negate the need for extensive detention facilities and judges.
McCaul also criticizes the abuse of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) One app by the Biden administration. The app, initially designed to schedule appointments for surrendering to border agents at selected ports of entry, has been exploited to release a vast majority of “inadmissible aliens” into the U.S. McCaul calls for the app to be scrapped, labeling it a “Trojan horse” that undermines border security.
He also suggests a radical shift in the processing and detention of individuals seeking permission to enter the U.S. He proposes the construction of a detention facility south of the U.S. border, near Guatemala, on the Mexican side. This facility would serve as a “choke point” where individuals would be detained and processed through virtual court proceedings, far from the U.S. border.
McCaul’s observations paint a grim picture of the current border crisis. He underscores the challenges posed by powerful cartels and the inadequacies of the U.S. response under the Biden administration. His proposals call for a significant overhaul of the current border policy and practices, aimed at regaining control and ensuring effective border security.
Author: Steven Sinclaire