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Border Patrol union chief warns cartels will have complete control over border after Title 42 ends

Judd says border patrol is apprehending 7,700 people a day and that number will increase at the minimum to 11,000 a day as soon as Title 42 is lifted.

Published: May 3, 2023 7:03pm

Updated: May 7, 2023 11:32pm

President of National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd warns that once Title 42 is lifted, the cartels are going to have complete control over the southern border.

"Once Title 42 goes away and the explosion happens, they're going to control our entire southwest border," Judd said on the Wednesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "When they do that, that's when [the cartels] are going to be able to bring in all of their products such as the fentanyl, the dangerous drugs, the criminal aliens, and the aliens from special interest countries. All of that is going to go up and it's going to be Americans that are going to pay for it."

The Biden administration approved the temporary deployment of 1,500 active-duty troops to the southern border earlier this week to assist the U.S. Border Patrol before the expiration of Title 42, a public health authority that allowed the U.S. to quickly deport asylum-seekers to contain the spread of COVID.

Judd explained how the border patrol is going to have even more limited resources than they already do after the ceasing of Title 42.

"If we're apprehending 3,000 people, that means that we have about 70% of our resources on the border," he stated. "If we're apprehending 5,000 people, then we have about 50% of our resources on the border. Right now we're apprehending 7,700 people every single day. That means only about 35 to 40% of our resources are on the border. Once that number goes up even more, once Title 42 goes away, we're going to be down to about 10% of our resources."

Judd said he expects the numbers of illegals crossing the border to go up by the thousands. 

"It's a minimum of 11,000," he explained. "But we could see up to 16,000. It just depends on how the cartels go out and advertise their services. If the cartels are very aggressive in advertising their services, that number could go up to 16,000. But we will see a minimum of 11,000 people per day."

The lifting of Title 42 follows the violent killing of five last week in Texas. The suspect in the attack is 39-year-old Francisco Oropesa, an illegal immigrant who had been deported four times. According to an ABC source, he was deported twice in 2009, once in 2012 and again in 2016.

Judd called out White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for not acknowledging Oropesa's immigration status during a press conference, but making the situation all about guns. 

"When she gave a briefing on it, she never even mentioned that this person was in the country illegally," he said. "All she tried to do was make it all about guns. When are we going to learn that criminals do not care about the laws? You can have the strictest laws that there are and criminals are going to violate that law. That doesn't matter. What we could have controlled is we could have controlled his immigration status. We could have prosecuted him each time he crossed the border illegally and we didn't."

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