Over the weekend, hundreds of migrants who have constituted a so-called "caravan" of men, women, and children from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. have camped out on the Mexico side of the international border, a few miles south of San Diego, California. Even though officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials informed them on Sunday that such a large group of asylum seekers cannot be processed in a day, many of the migrants were seen to straddle the fence along the border.
"These people have absolutely no regard for our laws. Them sitting on our fence, they are in the United States, so they made an illegal entry into the United States. They are sitting on our fence. This is a fence that we have to maintain. They have absolutely no regard for our property. They have absolutely no regard for our laws and a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank goodness that everybody is now seeing how these people act," Brandon Judd, national president of the National Border Patrol Union and a 20-year Border Patrol veteran, told Fox News on Monday.
Judd asserted that the caravan came because President Trump had moved to terminated the "catch-and-release" policies that characterized border enforcement during the administrations under former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. "Under the Obama administration, we just let anybody and everybody that came to the ports of entry, we would take them, we would process them. Then we would release them under the catch-and-release program which, of course, was the magnet that caused people to come to the United States and make illegal entries," Judd told "Fox and Friends."
Judd said that migrants can pursue one of two options. "But, if somebody comes to the port and says, 'I'm here for admittance. I'm legal, I can come in.' Then you have to take them into custody and you have to process them," he added. "The left-leaning outlets — the fake news if you will — what they are trying to do is trying to portray this as a legal process. Well, if you do it legally, the United States has the right to say, 'Well, no, don't come in this way.'" Judd called on congressional Democrats to agree to Trump's proposed border wall.