During testimony before the House Wednesday, Border Patrol chief Raúl Ortiz contradicted Biden administration officials by stating that there is a full on crisis on the southern border, urging that it is not secure, and calling for a wall to be built.
Biden officials, including DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, have repeatedly claimed that the border is under control, yet Ortiz confirmed that there is no operational control of the entire southern border.
Rep. Mark Green questioned Ortiz with a display behind him that noted “operational control,” as defined by U.S. law, is “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics and other contraband.”
🚨🚨: Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz just told @RepMarkGreen that DHS *does not* have operational control of the southern border.
This is huge, because Secretary Mayorkas recently said DHS did have operational control. Huge admission. pic.twitter.com/rDezfonqST
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) March 15, 2023
Ortiz went on to talk about the numbers flooding the border:
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz says there have been 385,000 known “gotaways” who escaped past Border Patrol into the country already this fiscal year — and he says that number is likely “between 10% and 20%” higher. pic.twitter.com/2na49tH9di
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 15, 2023
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