An Arizona sheriff says that President Bidens border crisis is worse than the Obama years, as the surge in illegal immigrants hits a 20-year-high, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County told “Fox & Friennds” on Wednesday that it’s “ridiculous” and “unfair” that illegal immigrants – many of whom have not been tested for COVID-19 and could be carriers – are able to enter the United States unhindered while schools and businesses remain locked down in many parts of the country.
“[During the Obama administration] it was like the Wild West out there in the desert on the south end of our county and we’re back to that again,” said Lamb, according to Fox News.
“Almost every time we go out we’re finding 20 people. Last Wednesday, we had 49 apprehensions in my county. So this is just as bad as it was back in the Obama days, probably worse and on target to be worse.”
Lamb also accused the Biden administration of playing the “blame game,” targeting former President Trump’s border policies as the reason for the recent surge.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday referred to the influx of migrants at the southern border as a “big problem” and blamed the Trump administration for an “unworkable system” — following weeks of the Biden administration refusing to call it a “crisis.”
“We recognize this is a big problem,” Psaki said during a press briefing with reporters. “The last administration left us a dismantled and unworkable system and, like any other problem, we are going to do all we can to solve it.” –Fox News
Lamb says that Biden halting Trump’s border wall has allowed Mexican cartels to smuggle people and drugs through gaps in the now-abandoned construction sites.
As Fox News notes, “In the month of February, southern border migrant encounters are up 28% from the month prior, and a staggering 174% from the same time last year,” putting the current migrant encounter numbers at their highest point since June 2019.