Ex-CBP Deputy Commissioner Says Border Crisis ‘unlike Anything I’ve Ever Seen,’ Warns Of ‘broken’ System

Ex-CBP Deputy Commissioner Says Border Crisis ‘unlike Anything I’ve Ever Seen,’ Warns Of ‘broken’ System

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez, in his first interview since leaving office at the end of June, tells Fox News the border crisis is unlike anything he has ever seen in his career, and he urged Congress to fix the country’s “broken” and “porous” immigration system.

“What we’re seeing since February of this year is absolutely unprecedented, the numbers we haven’t seen in 20 years, certainly not since the creation of this department or Customs and Border Protection, my former agency,” Perez said in a phone interview Thursday.

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There were more than 180,000 migrant encounters in May alone, and while the numbers have been rising since April last year, they have hit new highs this year. The increase has also coincided with a spike in fentanyl and migrants with criminal convictions.

“It’s a crisis unlike anything I’ve ever seen and it’s a serious one…because first border security is national security. Unfortunately, It gets oversimplified by too many too often,” Perez said.

He stressed that it was not just a case of rising numbers but all the illegal activity connected to it.

“These are national security issues that we deal with on the border well beyond just the movement of illegal migrants. That, in and of itself, those movements of those illegal migrants, here is the second point, is operated and controlled by criminal organizations. Criminal organizations that abuse those vulnerable populations, that move those people from all over the world for profit, and it’s dangerous for everyone involved — our own communities, our own country throughout the entirety of the nation, the frontline agents, the frontline officers, the migrants themselves,” he said.

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“This is activity that is laced throughout and amongst all sorts of criminal activity — drug trafficking, human trafficking, counterfeit

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