VAL VERDE COUNTY, TX – During a recent appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Faulkner Focus”, the Val Verde County Sheriff shared his perspective on the ongoing crisis impacting the southern border.
According to the Val Verity County Sheriff, if appropriate action isn’t taken then the border crisis is “only going to get worse.”
Val Verde County, TX Sheriff Martinez (D) stated that the situation at the border is “something that has not taken place in this part of our county ever.” And that without a solution, the situation will get worse and “more people are going to die.” https://t.co/3g1xWNa0HK
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 16, 2021
On May 14th, Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez made an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Faulkner Focus” to describe the current situation at the southern border from his perspective.
The sheriff proclaimed that the border crisis that has adversely effected Val Verde County is of the likes of which the county has never seen before:
“Well, this is something that has not taken place in this part of our county ever. This is the first time we’ve experienced something like this. So, it’s overburdened our federal partners, U.S. Border Patrol, who are doing everything they can to handle the situation.”
Sheriff Martinez understands the motivations of some of the people illegally crossing into the country, being sympathetic to those that are simply trying to flee from impoverished areas.
However, the sheriff says that some sort of a “legal process” needs to be crafted and put into place:
“But we see these immigrants that are coming across fleeing their home country looking for a better way of life, you’ve got to feel for these individuals. But at the same time, there has to be a system in place that allows them a legal process. But it’s heartbreaking to watch some of these family units dragging their small children across a river risking their life.”
After acknowledging the dangers associated with people illegally entering the country by way of crossing the Rio Grande, Sheriff Martinez says that ignoring the problem is going to result an unnecessary loss of life from those making the dangerous trek:
“I wish that a decision be made one way or the other as to [how] to stop this. Because more people are going to die. Our state partners are involved in car chases every day. People are — there [are] accidents, they’re going through fences and stuff. People are going to die trying to come here.”
According to the Biden White House, what Joe Biden says does not represent the official position of the Biden administration.
"The President's use of the "crisis" label doesn't represent the administration's official position" — CNNhttps://t.co/GU6JIV9maH
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 19, 2021
Despite officials in Washington D.C. fighting over semantics regarding what to call the situation at the southern border, Sheriff Martinez put it plainly when saying that the problem is “only going to get worse,” if not addressed:
“So, we need to put a stop to this nonsense until we come up with a solution. Because it’s only going to get worse. People are going to continue to come.”
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Earlier in May, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report pertaining to a Senate hearing where DHS Secretary Mayorkas was being questioned regarding some of his phrasing when discussing the southern border back in March.
Here’s that previous report.
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Josh Hawley called into question DHS Secretary Mayorkas’ memory during a recent Senate hearing earlier in May, after Secretary Mayorkas proclaimed to have no memory regarding a direct quote he made during a White House briefing back in March.
WATCH: Sen. Hawley brings receipts when DHS Secretary Mayorkas can't remember inviting migrants across border https://t.co/Py8Z63uccS
— Sharon (@SweetFreedom29) May 14, 2021
During a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing on May 13th, President Joe Biden’s Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas claimed to have no memory of using the words “we’re not saying don’t come,” in regard to migrants venturing to the southern border.
This proclamation by the DHS Secretary came after Senator Hawley was attributing a direct quote to him during a line of question that went as follows:
“You did say that ‘we’re not telling you not to come,’ right? You said that. You remember that?”
Secretary Mayorkas responded with:
“I’m sorry senator, I do apologize, I…”
Senator Hawley restated the question for the DHS Secretary, saying:
“You remember saying, don’t you, that ‘we’re not telling you not to come,’ those were your words. Those were your words that you said in a press conference. You said that, right?”
From there, Secretary Mayorkas proclaimed to have no memory of saying the aforementioned quote attributed to him:
“I don’t recall saying that. I don’t believe…”
In a rather surprised tone, Senator Hawley retorted with:
“You don’t recall saying that?”
Once again, Secretary Mayorkas reiterated that the quote attributed to him are words that he doesn’t remember speaking:
“That’s correct senator.”
Seemingly surprised that the DHS Secretary doubled-down on claiming to not remember the quote, Senator Hawley responded with:
“We’d be happy to refresh your memory for you in some question. I’m sure that is interesting news…there secretary just said that he doesn’t have any memory of making those comments. That’s extraordinary.”
Diverting from the inquiries regarding the quote attributed to him, Secretary Mayorkas stated that he’s never explicitly said that the southern border is “open”:
“Senator, I have never said that the border is open.”
While Secretary Mayorkas claims to have a foggy memory regarding the quote attributed to him, a March 1st White House press briefing shows that he did say what Senator Hawley inquired about during the Senate hearing.
The briefing said, in part:
“We are progressing every single day, I don’t have a particular timeline, but all I can do is communicate – both to the American public and to the individuals seeking protection that we are working around the clock, 7 days a week to make that timeframe as short as possible.
“But they need to wait. But they need to wait with a particular goal in mind. We are not saying ‘don’t come,’ we are saying ‘don’t come now,’ because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible.”
FLASHBACK: DHS Secretary Mayorkas saying, at a March 1 press conference, "We are not saying don’t come, we’re saying don’t come now…" pic.twitter.com/RQlZLSgcHp
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 13, 2021
You can view the entire line of questioning during the Senate hearing by Senator Hawley toward DHS Secretary Mayorkas below.
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