Kinney County sheriff says DHS Mayorkas won't let Border Patrol agents do their job - and America is under attack

KINNEY COUNTY, TX - On Friday, January 5th, Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe appeared on "America's Newsroom," where he thanked Texas Governor Greg Abbott and sent a fiery message to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

He thanks Abbott for helping his county mitigate the southern border crisis, adding that he has received zero help from the federal government even as his deputies and the entire community faced greater risks throughout 2023. He said, "I've got six full-time deputies. Those guys were involved in over 260 high-speed pursuits."

Coe said that his deputies were able to catch 90 percent of the suspects, but that he is very concerned about the safety of the children in the county because a school sits on the main corridor through town. 

On Thursday, January 4, in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Mayorkas was questioned as Baier presented several statistics that collectively depicted a very serious crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. When asked how many illegal immigrants have been released into the United States in President Biden's first three years, Mayorkas said he needed "to correct a misunderstanding."

He said, "When somebody enters the country, we place them in immigration enforcement proceedings pursuant to immigration law, and if their claim for relief, their claim to remain in the United States succeeds, then by law they are able to stay here." Baier pressed on and asked for actual numbers. 

Mayorkas said that there have been "well more than a million" migrants released annually, adding that the statistic proves the nation's immigration system is broken and requires congressional action.

When asked about the 300,000 reported migrant encounters in December of 2022 alone, Mayorkas said that DHS is "limited" in its detention capacity and subjected to congressional funding. He faulted Congress for failing to appropriate substantive resources to his department.

He said, in part, "We are enforcing the laws that Congress has passed." He said that President Biden as asked Congress for supplemental funding to increase the number of Custom and Border Patrol agents and new technology, but did not receive either. He reiterated the legislature's role in passing laws for his officer to enforce.

He added, "...Until they fix those broken laws that haven't been reformed in more than 30 years."

During his time on "America's Newsroom," Coe said that Mayrokas is preventing Border Patrol from working at full capacity. He expressed his confidence in Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens, but said that agents are not allowed to enforce immigration law.

He said, "I've known Chief Owens for a while. He's got the knowledge. He's got the capability. They won't let him do his job. Border patrol has the authority to prosecute them for illegal entry, and could file expedited removals on these people that are coming across illegally. We did it before when I was with the Border Patrol and it worked."

Coe went on to say that there will be an even bigger surge if illegal immigration for Texas to deal with later this year prior to former President Donald Trump's inauguration, should he win the presidential election. He said that immigrants will "flock" to the border right before the inauguration before Trump shuts it back down.

He said, "I guarantee you, from the election to the time of his inauguration, we will see a human tsunami coming across that border."
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