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The Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan revealed to a Senate committee on Tuesday that 5,800 “fake families” were discovered to have been trying to enter the U.S. illegally this year.
Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) questioned Morgan during a Senate Homeland Security hearing about the border crisis, asking him “Our laws prevent us from holding people more than 20 days and because we can’t get the information we’re probably releasing them even sooner than that in many cases, correct?”
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Morgan responded, “With respect to family units, since March of this year, United States Border Patrol has been releasing family units directly so in some cases they’re being released in under 48 hours into the interior of the United States.”
Johnson then remarked, “Because it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to try and find facilities to hold them for 20 days with this overwhelming flow so instead of border patrol turning them over to ICE for a more thorough vetting process and then ICE releasing them, border patrol is doing it directly?”
Morgan replied, “That’s correct.”
Johnson stated that releasing undocumented migrant families into the interior without proper vetting poses a “real danger” to both the public safety of Americans and to the migrants themselves.
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“Especially with the amount of fake families that we are uncovering every single day,” Morgan said.
Johnson claims that U.S. authorities “do not have the time to determine” if migrant children are accompanied by their parents or human traffickers.
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Morgan responded by saying that “It’s a challenge.”
He added, “As long as our laws...
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