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  • CBP testimony: 95% of illegals are returned 'expeditiously to their country of last transit' after CDC order

    CBP testimony: 95% of illegals are returned 'expeditiously to their country of last transit' after CDC order

    In testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan told lawmakers CBP has been returning approximately 95 percent of all apprehensions to their originating country immediately, avoiding last year's crisis of border facilities packed with families and children.

    “Early on, after [the CDC] order, we saw those trying to illegally enter our country drop by more than 50 percent from our pre-COVID numbers,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan told lawmakers on Thursday. “Rather than introducing the illegal aliens into our facilities, increasing the exposure risk to our workforce and our country, CBP because of this order is returning approximately 95 percent of those we encounter expeditiously to their country of last transit.”

    “Can you imagine what we’d be going through right now if we were going through this pandemic this same time last year when our southwest border facilities were overwhelmed and overcrowded with families and children,” he added.

    Performing the Duties of the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Mark Morgan testified days after President Trump visited the Yuma sector in Arizona to mark 200 miles of wall built. Watch below.

    Read Morgan's full written testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs below.

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