The president of the National Border Patrol Council testified before a House congressional committee last week and offered a bleak assessment of the nation's border security. He also rebuffed the Obama administration's claim that the border is "more secure today than it’s ever been.”
Brandon Judd testified to a disturbing uptick in the number of illegal Afghan and Pakistani border crossers caught so far this fiscal year.
"Already in the first five months of this fiscal year, the United States Border Patrol has arrested 18 from Afghanistan…79 from Pakistan and 619 from the Peoples Republic of China," Judd told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security.
Those numbers have jumped from official 2015 statistics showing 5 people apprehended from Afghanistan, 57 from Pakistan, and 1,327 from China.
Judd added, "Those numbers should alarm everyone and we are seeing a similar trend from other key countries like Albania, Bangladesh and Brazil."
Judd's testimony also suggested that the Department of Homeland Security had "no intention" of deporting many of the individuals caught illegally crossing the border, citing an administration desire to prevent a congested court system.
Obama administration officials, including the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, have offered contradictory testimony as to the state of security along the southern border.
Kerlikowske has stated that Judd was "not the most knowledgeable organization about what’s actually going on."