National Border Patrol Council VP: Biden Needs to Tell Migrants 'Border Is Not Open'
Biden administration under fire for ineffective methods
National Border Patrol Council Vice President Hector Garza blasted Joe Biden, saying more needs to be done to "stem the flow of illegal immigration" as the current border crisis spirals out of control.
Garza offered an alternative solution to sending payments to Central American nations, which the Biden administration recently proposed.
The White House is considering a "conditional cash transfer program" to address the economic woes that lead migrants to try and cross the border.
"Clearly, these countries need a lot of help," Garza said on Tuesday, citing the "hard times in these countries," including gangs and violence.
He noted that the United States "sent this money before to these countries and unfortunately because of the corruption, that money does not really get to the people who actually need it."
"One of the main solutions that we need to work on is is the MMP [Migrant Protection Protocols], the asylum cooperative agreements that President Trump worked on."
"And we also need to make sure that we send the right message in the media that our border is not open and that those policies reflect a closed border type of scenario," Garza continued.
Biden axed Donald Trump's immigration policies as soon as he entered office, which included having asylum seekers remain in Mexico instead of staying in the U.S. and stopping the border wall's construction.
Earlier this week, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Biden to restore Trump's immigration policies because they were more effective.
“This problem will continue to get worse because of the policies that have been adopted by the Biden administration."
“What the president could do is to immediately put back in place the ‘Remain in Mexico’ protocols that were established in the prior administration."
"He could continue to build the wall along the border in South Texas."
Since March, over 172,000 illegal immigrants were encountered by CBP agents, according to statistics released on April 8.
The figure is up from just over 101,000 individuals encountered in February.
18,800 unaccompanied minors crossed illegally into the United States last month, double the amount of those who illegally arrived in the United States in February at over 9,300 encounters.