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Senator Says Border Crossings are at Historic Lows. Border Patrol Commissioner Instantly Calls Him Out [VIDEO]

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Border protection is the hot topic in America these days, especially with President Trump’s ongoing determination to receive funding in order to build a border wall that would minimize the drugs and illegals coming into the country. Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to discuss the issue.

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McAleenan answered various questions from Senate members including one from Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal who asked: “Have you ever recommended that your superiors ask for an emergency declaration?”

“I’ve recommended that we ask for more agents, more border security barriers and more technology,” McAleenan explained. Blumenthal, who does not support the National Emergency Trump enacted earlier this year, added: “That’s been a continuing ask. Nothing about that ask constitutes saying we have a national emergency.”

McAleenan retorted: “Well, I would offer that I believe it’s becoming more urgent as I offered in my opening statement in terms of the numbers of crossings, in terms of the illicit narcotics that are coming in increasingly between ports of entry.”

Blumenthal immediately shifted gears towards the drug aspect of the ports. “Well, but illicit narcotics are coming primarily still through the ports of entry, border crossings are still at a historic low compared to other times in our nation’s history.”

McAleenan responded that this was incorrect information and corrected the Senator. “No senator, they’re not,” McAleenan said. “We’re on pace for over 700,000 crossings this year, that’s closer to historic highs than historic lows.”

One day before the hearing, CNN stated: “more than 76,000 people were apprehended crossing illegally or without proper papers in February, the highest number of ‘encounters’ in any February in the last 12 years, according to CBP.”

McAleenan ended the hearing not by fearmongering but rather by simply reiterating the severity of the issue. “It should be very clear from these numbers that we are facing alarming trends in the rising volume of people illegally crossing our southwest border or arriving at our ports of entry without documents. This increased flow presents, currently at our highest level in over a decade, both a border security and humanitarian crisis.”

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