On Tuesday, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security committee that 5,800 “fraudulent families” have been discovered trying to enter the U.S. illegally this year.
“Our laws prevent us from holding people more than 20 days and because we can’t get the information we’re probably releasing them even sooner than that in many cases, correct?” Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked Morgan.
“With respect to family units, since March of this year, United States Border Patrol has been releasing family units directly so in some cases they’re being released in under 48 hours into the interior of the United States,” Morgan said.
“It’s a challenge,” Morgan stated. “As long as our laws are the way they are you are going to grab a kid because that is your passport to the United States. They know that in the Northern Triangle countries and they are exploiting that every single day.”
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