Thomas Gallatin / October 7, 2021

Ex-Border Security Chief Blasts Biden

Rodney Scott says the president knew exactly what would happen when he reversed Trump’s border policies.

Joe Biden’s border crisis isn’t getting any better. The nation recently witnessed the drama unfolding just a couple weeks ago as 15,000 Haitian migrants camped out under a bridge in the Texas border town of Del Rio. Rather than enforce the law, the Biden administration engaged in a blatant attempt to gin up sympathy for the illegal migrants by despicably spinning a false narrative of U.S. Border Patrol on horseback whipping Haitians as they attempted to illegally cross.

The result has only served to hamstring and demoralize the already overburdened immigration officers. So says former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott, a man with 30 years of experience on the U.S. southern border. Biden forced him to resign over the summer.

When Biden took over and immediately began to undo Donald Trump’s border policies, the Border Patrol warned him. Scott said, “We made it very clear that if we dropped all of the initiatives that have been put in place over the last several years that we would get an influx of mass migration that we would not be able to control.”

Funny — that information sounds eerily similar to the information given to Biden prior to his decision to effectively retreat from and surrender Afghanistan to the Taliban.

While the administration likes to play dumb regarding the predictable results of Biden’s de facto open-border policy, Scott asserts that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, for one, knew full well what the results would be. “He clearly understands and knows how to control the border and what needs to take place,” Scott said. “It was very clear there are people involved in this process that have been involved before, and they’re choosing not to take simple, commonsense steps to secure the border.”

Not only were they not taking the necessary steps to continue to maintain border security, they were in fact actively working against securing the border. “Many of those [border security] projects today are just still on hold, so we’re paying contractors,” Scott notes. “For a while, it was almost $5 million a day between DOD and DHS to not build the border wall.”

The biggest difference Scott observed between the two administrations when it came to the border was that of worldview. The Trump administration viewed securing the U.S. southern border as a fundamental component of national security, while the Biden administration has effectively entirely rejected this view. Almost nothing about how the Biden administration has handled the border shows any inkling of concern for national security. Rather, it’s all about politics.

Maybe nothing demonstrates this reality more than Biden’s shameful treatment of the Border Patrol officers he threw under the bus over the false “whipping” story. As Scott put it: “Border security protects legal immigration, and those guys know it, and that’s what they’ve been doing. And all of a sudden, now due process applies to everybody else, but not them. And then all of a sudden, our horse patrol doing what they’re supposed to do, which is prevent people from illegally entering our home, are now the villains.”

When questioned as to what he would do to secure the border, Scott answered, “Simply continue to build out the border wall — that those requirements were developed by seasoned Border Patrol agents based on where that infrastructure could make the biggest difference and the return on the investment in the long term.” He also added that those who cross illegally should face negative consequences. “I would continue to invest in the people, but there’s got to be a consequence for illegal entry.” Under Biden, the “consequence” is being released into the U.S. with nothing more than a court date.

Meanwhile, amidst reports that some 60,000 more Haitian migrants are heading for the U.S. border, 10 GOP governors recently gathered in Texas and announced their own 10-point plan to counter Biden’s border dereliction. As one of the 10, and arguably the most affected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott observed, “President Joe Biden has caused a humanitarian crisis and chaos on our border.” Included in their plan are these points: “[Dedicate] federal resources to eradicate human trafficking and drug trafficking, [resume] the deportation of all criminals, [deploy] more federal law enforcement officers and National Guard troops, [end] catch and release and clear the judicial backlog,” and “finish securing the border” by continuing the construction of the border wall.

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