Brandon Judd, the head of a Border Patrol labor union had recently gone to the media to explain the drop in number of border crossings, which has been so steep since Donald Trump became president, that Judd called it ‘miraculous’.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a 53 percent decrease in “apprehensions and inadmissible persons at ports of entry along the Southwest Border” from June 2016 to June 2017.
“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on,” said Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, according to The Washington Examiner. “At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President [Donald] Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have.”
“There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before in 20 years that I’ve been in the patrol,” said Judd.
During a congressional hearing in March, Judd testified that he had witnessed CBP officials skew apprehension numbers by setting low estimates for the number of people illegally crossing the border who “got away,” according to The Daily Caller.
In the same hearing, Judd gave his own take on former President Barack Obama’s characterization of the border as “more secure today than it’s ever been.”
“As a Border Patrol Agent, I will tell you the exact opposite,” said Judd.
The union president cited an increase in the number of Pakistani and Afghan nationals apprehended while trying to cross the border illegally.