tv Acting CBP Commissioner Briefs Reporters on Migration CSPAN September 10, 2019 4:01am-4:45am EDT
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here. you for being as the commissioner of customs nd border protection i'm pleased to announce the august.n statistics for i have said many times congress to failed and continues o pass meaningful legislation that would stop children from being used as passports and end cartel's ability to exploit there the trump administration a number of unilateral that we nprecedent ed will discuss. the first let's discuss the esult of the administration's incredible efforts. c.b.p. apprehend ed 64,000 individuals. july that was just over 2,000 which represents a decline of 22%.
numbers the august 56% reduction from the peak in may which you will was over 144,000 individuals. 56% id we see in 90 days a reduction? he president has made it very clear that he's going to use every tool available to him and administration to address this unprecedented crisis at the southern border. seen historic agreements and policy put in place by this administration. unprecedented network of initiatives from regulatory changes, interior list ement efforts, the goes on what this administration as done that resulted in this 56% decrease.
et's talk about the government of mexico. it has taken meaningful and steps to curb the flow of illegal immigration. apprehended approximately 134,000 people so calendar year. the year 2018 collier 218,000.ar -- collier that is a substantial increase. since june mexico has deployed housands of troops, they created a new national guard within their country, 10,000 the southern border, 15,000 to the northern border states.e united unprecedented support and the government of mexico. but i will tell you and go into more what the government of has done but they need to
do more. i will talk about that in a second. the international outreach to the governments of central is also countries beginning to yield effective and ositive results particularly the efforts to stem the surge of llegal migrants crossing the southwest border and disrupt ail smuggling organizations. joined the s have united states as true partners for the first time. as areally are seeing this true regional crisis that needs ontinuing coordination, cooperation and effort that this is not just a united states regional crisis that needs regional support and solutions. third, there goes to the support he government of mexico is providing, the migrant havecution protocol m.p.p. helped.
tens of thousands of individuals iver at the border every -- river at the biorder each month. these individuals because of the have been um laws released into the united states as they await the hearings. years a host of reasons. judges, of immigration backlog, the list goes on. the process ick to and never continue to go through the final stages. receive a fame order of removal they stay in the united states illegally. aliens who are seeking asylum from mexico without proper documentation may be returned to wait and required to outside the united states for the do you remember united ations of their -- duration of the immigration proceedings in
the united states. the government of mexico has them while ovide they wait in mexico with humanitarian protection for the duration of their stay. key points ouple of m.p.p. it discourages abuse and u.s. laws and promote lum claims and a safer and more orderly process freeing uthwest border up the limited resources and implementing hose this process to devote to the migrants who may legitimately merit based claim. s of isn't 1 of this -- as of c.1, c.b.m. has returned under m.p.p. even though mexico stepped up joined the united states as well as our northern
triangle partners and really up as true partners and e are seeing it as a regional crisis and stepped up in unprecedented ways. more.d them to do they are make sure sustaining efforts and the 25,000 troops they have deployed target and task. we need them to continue to join m.p.p. which is a game changer right now with respect to stemming the flow. mexico needs to work with our ntelligence folks to use information and share intelligence and develop action at forcement strategic locations in their country. so they are stepping up but we them to sustain that and do more. deterrence. president trump is making it clear that if you come to the illegally, you
will be removed. appear ome here as illegal alien, you commit crimes illegally take american jobs you will face consequences. let me talk about the border law, a topic in the news. president trump has made it very lear that we will build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border. c.b.p. commissioner that is what we are doing every day. united states he army corps engineers it has miles cted more than 65 of new border wall. border wall system. now that we have the secretary to use an's authority additional $3.6 billion we hope antwbetween 450 and 500 by end of w border
2020. something.mphasize the border patrol field leadership want this wall. project.ot a this president has delivered to patrol and leadership ask hat they needed and one of the key things they said was the wall. that is ot just a wall being built now but it is a ystem including access roads, technology. we asked the leadership niversally has said the wall wor works. where it has been used in the -- past history shows it works. we have been saying experts have when asked about the president this wall is help tely needed to safeguard our border as part of ith we have been saying in multilayered reports of
infrastructure, technology and personnel. where that is implemented and in strategic locations it works. works. say it experts have asked for this and this president and this has delivered and they are going to continue to deliver. the beginning, that wall is an integral part of that multilayer strategy. closing, president trump has sed every tool available to address the humanitarian security crisis at the border. d.h.h. sfps. family is pwfpbc.b.p. to secure and restore integrity to the system and i could not be more proud of the men and border the customs and protection who support what they steadfast devotion o mission and rule of law with
humanity and compassion. the e encouraged by downward trend of apprehension can spike up.ey we have seen it in the past. the nnot rely solely on government of mexico or central merican partners to solve the factors created by the broken system. nless the laws change these numbers will rise again in next year -- again and we will face the same crisis. absolutely act to pass meaningful legislation to the loopholes in the krpbts system to have a lasting solution. your quelstions feel complaints, dress reports of minors in u.s. custody? -- we were told that mexico would pay.
is that gone? >> with allegations of abuse and about this a lot, one with c.b.p. in 14 it as the acting assistant commissioner for o.p.r. and from my personal knowledge every allegation, every single allegation that is brought not abuse or ype of violation of policy is absolutely developed to its fullest. not just investigated by c. c.b.p. there are multiple layers. d.h. d.h.h.s. i.g., the civil liberty looks. o i'm confident every single allegation is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and hen appropriate, appropriate discipline is utilized. as far as who paid for it i don't care. that is political and that is for politicians. i can tell you as the
c.p.b. commissioner every mile that is built, this safe.ry is more every single mile of wall allows to borders patrol agents increase their capacity to do their job. > in southern california what tinct conversation] your reaction to that? >> i'm frustrated. he unprecedented judicial activism we experience every time this administration comes a with what we believe is egal rule or policy we believe that will address this crisis we get enjoined. frustrated. but we'll keep going. we'll continue to work within framework. legal
here is whether should be frustrating to the american people. we keep having to go outside the new o come up with initiatives, policy and bass th because this congress won't do their job. they need to do in order to pass meaningful 85% of this to ends and you could put it on one piece of paper and they refuse so.o that should frustrate the american people. > i want to ask about using resources like personnel and finances related to the united states military. making the difference you thought it would? nd are you sensitive to the push back we have heard from people that bien beginning the is -- by n there ndwindling the military is -- by engaging the military is not the best use of that? outside my lane
to talk about the military impact and funding. should be left to the secretaries of defense. have full confidence in the secretary of defense that he would not approve the resources or funding that with negatively impact his mission. c.b.p., we are doing a national too.ity mission, this is not just humanitarian, it is a national security crisis. again, every troop that is assigned there, they are helping ith the national security crisis along the southwest border. every mile the wall is helping well. [inaudible]? that shows this administrati administration's effort as to fail it tinues
put anything out there. they have not brought meaningful floor so mr the mr. krischner and the team are together a t comprehensive plan that gets traction. that. is working with i personally am having discussions about that. it would be great to put something together that is eaningful that we could gets bipartisan support to ends this crisis. this crisis. two questions. >> i have been told i can only one question. drop of tribute the appear princes to the apprehensions to alwaysicy but don't they drop due to the heat? >> that is a good question because that is one of the false narratives out there.
the past five years due to reasons we have seen them drop about 8%. june it july, m drop by 40%. so it is not supported by the facts. , generally, from july to august last year from july to numbers went up 16%. th this is t this is the year they went down. and this president administration is doing has othing to do with seasonal trends. >> you just complained about having activism and policiesen joined by the courts. -- policies enjoined by the court. isn't it just as possible the are being hat promulgated don't comply with law? the judges' law?
>> it is to interpret law and i big in this country. it is a problem. legal disagree on premises. that is what courts are there or to interpret law, not make the law and i think they are rying to make law instead of interpret that. the primary at drivers of the border crisis are central american families. has the administration poles that?icy affected > we saw 144,000 just stag ge staggering numbers. it ere ranging between 65% 70% family units or minors.anied that meant those 65% to 70% were being released into interior united states never to be heard of again. these numbers not only are
days so has in 90 that demographic. 70% to 55%. >> i understand that the says there will e 65 miles of new borders but there are snacenarios that are ehicular or smaller or more porous systems. when can we expect the grounds ation it break on borders wall where there was barrier?ously a >> i think there is a false narrative that no new wall has that is a lie. every mile of wall being built wall.ew mile of i will reiterate, it is a wall system. lighting and technology and access roads. f you go to those areas where there were pedestrian barriers nd could knock over the car or cut hole in it in seconds, where
that is is going on what it is. you go out and ask the agents that is new wall. of the question seconbgd second part is new lir miles. aware anticipating by 2020 about 450 to 500. we will easily reach 100 new miles of linear wall. the administration considering offering that to the bahamas? the >> there's a little bit of a confusion out there. is off the immigration and southwest border but the bahamas. c.b.p. is an clear integral part of the framework are affected by
an area or crisis like a get them tow can we the united states the best decision. united states government efforts to support the government of the bahamas is first and foremost life and safety of individuals. deployed c.b. pfpp. southern esources to florida to make sure that we can effectively receive people that the bahamas.om already we receive two cruise we've thousands of folks proce processed, flights are coming in constantly. additional oyed folks to small airports and we re reaching out to aviation companies to coordinate with cruise ships -- i want to be clear that do not mean we do this with a blind eye. we have to balance the
humanitarian need and assistance versus safety of this countries so we still will go through the process. but we are expediting that and waiving the normal fee. i can go on and on but keep in mind there are still people that there are tion mi -- still people that could have criminal convictions so we will make s them normally to sure this country is safe. about [inaudible]. by there been any pledge white house to get them to continue their support? dialogue continues. the vice president is going it meet with senior officials from of mexico this week to have that exact dialogue about what has been done and what still needs to go.one as we continue those negotiations are ongoing.
>> are you going to be part of ?he meeting of mexico >> if i'm asked i will. the ery mile of wall makes country safer and you say by the 450 f next year you expect to 500 miles of wall. it is reported the president to be painted black and the extra cost with you hope e wall that to build. have you objected to this? making the ected country less safe? >> there's a lot that goes -- why i say i give an approximate like 450 to 500 are a lot of there factors that go into that. 'm in constant communication with the general that is leading corps of engineers. terrain, what they hit when they dig. it is common sense. a lot of factors go into that to
anti-claiming. painting is one of them. could be a cost associated with that and it may impact the umber of miles but the operational impact. >> you said you are for painting walls? >> we need to strike a balance to make sure the miles we build most effective wall system we build with respect to miles.ber of it is a balance it strike -- balance to strike. >> can you detail how long in of bahamian persons allowed it stay. can you give more detail on that? where specifically is this 55-mile of wall, the stretch? >> two questions. with respect to the bahamians,
it is didn't on the level of and recovery. we will make that determination as that goes on. >> is it years? months? how long it takes for them to recover and rebuild. the united states government c.b.p. the first concern is the safety and so we will f those not support returning people to safe.e where it is not with respect to the wall, that s being built in strategic locations along the southwest border. california, r.g.b. did he.raid -- loredo. e work to strike that of our strategic needs and locations and where we can get the most we have.ut of what official a border
came before congress h.i.v. used to adjust -- [indistinct conversation] is this still ongoing? at first going to look and foremost the helmalth, safe well-being of the child and we will use a totality of circumstances to make that to determine separation. that is the policy. >> specifically on the bahamas an incident where about 100 people flee being got ferry and were kicked off because they didn't have the proper documentation. c. c.b.p. got criticism because hey were allegedly without visas. >> what i would say about the ahamas is you can imagine any type of natural disaster like this where you have this huge a lot of resources
going on and responding there confusion.e what i will say is that is what it was. working and telling a cruise line that you cannot allow anyone without documents. not being done. e will accept anyone on humanitarian reasons that needs to come here. we will process them expedited but if they are deemed to be if they have a riminal lift and denied -- criminal history we will process normally would. [inaudible] 50 to won't be indefinite. trust the people trump administration [inaudible] being held hildren in dangerous situations?
why should people trust the administration? first of all i would probably object to the term that they are eing held in a dangerous condition. we would need to did a little more deeper diver on what you phaoemean mean. but history shows that. history shows we talked about before about a unanimous detained docket which means hose individuals released in the united states the backlog ttacks years versus a detained docket. under detained docket it takes 40 to 60 days to get through the process. if you think from a common sense perspective why would we want to process out? it cost more and ties up from all the agencies that can do more law enforcement action to safeguard the country. it serves nobody's person to out to e and drag it include immigrants here. if you are here and the claim is found to be fraudulent let's
that.ine if your claim is found to be of let's get that process released.o you can be ?> [inaudible] >> i want to stay away -- that colloquialism we use safe third country but we are across aisle as we did with government of guatamala to with championship tough grammatic it -- cooperative people to t return guatamala that had transitioned to other countries. similar ving toes discussion -- those similar discussions with other countries. i won't speculate. negotiations. i will leave that up to maybe
the vice president in his this week. but think about this from pragmatic standpoints. fleeing their countries because they feel they d it is in ercesecute apply for interest it asylum to the first country they theyed outside the country have been persecuted. the numbers going down is there a point at which they will the wn far enough that national emergency or crisis of order?ard will be and they went up in the acting get tary, why does he promoted ranther than fired? what was the first question? will the numbers -- >> what i would say that is tricky. asked that a couple
of times. trying to be honest and nsparent with that, from apps. if i could see daily around 500 a day that is manageable, i think. i say that is magic number, magic number is zero. but saying 500, it is not this it is not just demographics. we have always said from day one children shouldn't be in bird patrol facilities -- border patrol facilities designed for adults. when we talk about numbers if are ajorities of numbers ki kids, i would not say that is baecause we don't have -- of itions of birds border patrol. we have to have soft facilities the companies we are
providing now. to clear up something ou said about status being granted to bahamians. indicted king about, entry to the -- expedited for them? been any formal grant. >> [inaudible]? >> not yet. >> do you plan to? >> i think that would be ppropriate to have that circumstance. history shows we have done that itore and history shows that has taken a lengthy time to get the bahamas back to where the can return i'm sure that will be a discussion we will have. he dangerous up on t point [inaudible] there are extortion and kids
napping. is your agent tracking that and doing anything to lessen the risk to migrants? those you talking about waiting in mexico under m.p.p.? >> yes. let me address that. i have reads the same report and heard same allegations. to this date mexico has provided nothing to the united states corrobora verifying the r allegations. the mere fact that the allegeses -- allegations are here would rive us to have honest conversations about the core drivers of this crisis. driving this crisis? we know that. but we are not talking about it enough. consider tells start -- the cartels started to exploit and population before they leave their home country. promising you mortgage
your home, you give us thousands f dollars and we will take you on this dangerous trek through because we ntries will promise you because of america's broken laws you will be allowed in. exploiting they will taking their money. we heard from independent to 33% on this trek up are abused. in the united states that doesn't stop. extort e to continue to them to pay off the bill for whether sex hrough slavery or wherever. so the exploitation continues. core issue. that is what we want to stop and that.. is doing just m.p.p. is one of the most is doing t things it is telling the cartel and ulnerable population the game has changed. if you come here even with a thatif you used to do that was the passport.
m.p.p. says that is done. lie. the is a you are not going to be allowed in even if you bring a kid so home and gage your don't pay the cartel and don't risk the lives of your family. don't allow yourself to continue it get exploited. [indistinct conversation] > let me ask you about the office of special counsel found in violation of collection laws for individuals in your custody. kpwhraoyou comply with the collection laws? >> i want to clarify up a false -- this falsethat narrative that they violated a is inaccurate. finish.sly -- let me i will explain why we are not violating the law. nder the department of justice the attorney general -- i'm
answering the question if you will allow me. attorney general has stipulated there is a waiver and secretary of d.h.s. to decide whether they want to apply it. there was done under former ecretary napolitano for legitimate reasons of why they granted that waiver. fast forward to today. that we need to look a this and need to figure out thoughtful way of where we can it is t look at where ppropriate to start applying and we are under discussion with d.h.s. and department of justice a meaningful h thoughtful strategy to begin that. frame for the team you complying with it?
>> go ahead. time frame for compliance? >> it would be nice for you to let me answer a question without interrupting me. we don't have a time because into s a lot that goes into. it is not as simple as one day kids. send out it is very complicated. d.h.s. issue and continuum of the immigration process. we need to figure out where is the most appropriate because we the impact to operation and we have to coordinate with the unions. it is very complicated and i a wered we will do it in it ingful and we will do then. [inaudible] with respect to
bahamas. not sure what you said so far. confusion?rify that blo bahama.om mission.s humanitarian if your life is in jeopardy and you are from the bahamas and you united states the you are going to be allowed to come to the united states. whether you have travel not.ents or we have allowed u.s. citizens non-u.s. citizens and those that have travel documents and don't have. do that to g to support the mission. but again as i stated before, we re still going to go through the process. if you look at the time the process the first ship that came in had over 1,400 individuals couple of it in a hours.
it is amazing work. we still need to process it sure we don't let dangerous people in. we had individuals that brought from the ith them bahamas who lost their mom and dad. was there make sure any nefarious activity or doing for human -- humanitarian reasons. >> [inaudible] you also said you to go up -- expect numbers to go up if conditioning doesn't act. do you expect mexico's effort to ane or people to find the way around? why do you expect it to go up if you have had some success the months? >> that's a great question. up to be stepped
partners. but as i said we need them to do more. there are specific targeted to s we continue it talk th them. i'm concerned whether the can sustainf mocexico the level of commitment they have. in addition to that, as country way cannot rely on other countries, no matter how great their support, to fix or laws. it cannot be sustainable. why we need congress to act and they have failed the people by not doing so. > you said you will vet bahamians coming in. anybody deemed a threat will hey be dropped back at the bahamas? >> of course not. hen we see somebody normally even outside of the humanitarian process we will bring them in nd we have the immigration continuum with multiple agencies
fear, the n claim normal process, everything will be available. we deem e somebody inadmissible we won't return unsafe but it is we'll turn them over to e.r.o. them and continue with the procedure. more question. someone in the back. > you just mentioned agreement the administration reached with guatamala. [inaudible] questioning the agreement saying he hasn't seen yet.ocuments what do you think about this agreeme agreement? you other countries are talking to in order to reach agreement? you asked that for a clarification.
be we have the agreement ready but by the t ratified overnment of adequate phra-- guatamala. also to panama, any country that can step up and this immigration crisis that is a regional issue. you.k [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] washington journal live every day with news and polls issues that impact you. this morning, steven merchant of heritage foundation will join us talk about the trump
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