Friday, March 15, 2024

Ex-Border Patrol Chief Says Biden, Harris Never Once Called Him; Ex-Border Patrol Chief Slams Biden, Harris for Never Speaking to Him and Sending Mixed Messages; Biden, Harris Never Spoke to Him During His Tenure: Ortiz Presided Over Border Patrol During Some of the Most High-Profile Incidents

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Ex-Border Patrol Chief Says Biden, Harris Never Once Called Him:
The former head of U.S. Border Patrol under President Joe Biden told CBS he never spoke to the president or the administration’s “border czar,” Vice President Kamala Harris, about the crisis at the southern border.
“I’ve never had one conversation with the president or the vice president,” said Raul Ortiz in a sit-down interview with CBS’s flagship program, “60 Minutes.” “I was the chief of the Border Patrol, I commanded 21,000 people. That’s a problem.”
Ortiz answered “most definitely” when asked if the Biden administration was sending “mixed messages” to migrants who cross the border.
Andrew “Art” Arthur, a resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) told The Federalist “Chief Ortiz’s admission is troubling” on a “number of levels.”
“[Ortiz] spent more than 20 months as the chief of the Border Patrol during a period of unprecedented illegal migration including, most significantly, when Title 42 ended,” Arthur said. “How is it possible that the president never spoke to him about the effects that the termination of Title 42 could have?”
“More generally, Chief Ortiz served during a period that northern cities began feeling the effects of their own migrant crises,” Arthur added. “That neither President Biden nor Vice President Harris — the latter of whom had illegal migration in her portfolio — never spoke to the chief not only reveals a lack of concern about the national-security and humanitarian effects of the crisis at the border itself, but a lack of respect for those cities and their residents.” --->READ MORE HERE
Ex-Border Patrol chief slams Biden, Harris for never speaking to him and sending mixed messages:
The former head of the US Border Patrol said neither President Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tapped as the “border czar,” ever met with him during his tenure — as he accused the White House of sending mixed messages over the ongoing migrant crisis.
Raul Ortiz, who served as the US chief of the Border Patrol for two years before retiring last May, slammed leaders in Washington for playing politics over the border during an interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday, but he took special issue with Biden and Harris.
“I’ve never had one conversation with the president or vice president,” Ortiz revealed.
“I was the chief of the Border Patrol, I commanded 21,000 people. That’s a problem,” he said of the lack of communication with the commander-in-chief and border czar.
Ortiz was notably in charge during one of the volatile periods at the southern border, including the mass influx of border crossings leading up to the end of Title 42 and the migrant camp that formed under the Del Rio bridge consisting of 15,000 Haitians.
When asked by CBS’s Cecilia Vega if he believed the White House was sending mixed messages to migrants, Ortiz simply answered, “Yes, most definitely.”
The former Border Patrol chief said the US needed to be clear in its messaging to migrants trying to cross the US southern border.
“We need to make sure that Central America, South America, Mexico, that those regions understand that if you pay a smuggler and you cross in between the ports of entry and you do not have a legitimate claim to some sort of asylum benefit, you’re gonna be sent back,” Ortiz said. --->READ MORE HERE
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