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.
Thanks to President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership, there are now more than 200 miles of border wall system along the Southwest border—an important milestone in our Nation’s border security. https://t.co/oPr1KOCYda— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) June 24, 2020
“Illegal drug and human smuggling activities have decreased in those areas where barriers are deployed. Illegal cross-border traffic has also shifted to areas with inferior, legacy barriers or no barriers at all,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan.https://t.co/OS8atb4PNn— liz, mother of all perspectives 🦀 (@lmcgrew) June 24, 2020
The border wall system gives us enhanced capabilities to stop illegal activity:— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) June 24, 2020
✓ Stopping drugs means less drug-related crime & overdoses
✓ Stopping human smuggling means fewer people exploited by cartels
✓ Stopping criminals & gang members means less crime in our cities pic.twitter.com/hRF7NddCij
President @realDonaldTrump is committed to securing the border & constructing the border wall system. Not only will the border wall system protect our country, it will help deter violent cartels from exploiting migrants for profit. https://t.co/li3chUWaQ4— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) June 25, 2020
Our state-of-the-art border wall system "denies, deters and impedes the unlawful entry of people and contraband," @CBPMarkMorgan writes.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 25, 2020
"It’s a simple fact that is borne out by the data—walls work."
West Wing Reads: https://t.co/DaQTQQYSok pic.twitter.com/XdEJqSzz7z
Read Morgan's full written testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs below.