Border Patrol Chief Says Smugglers Are ‘Absolutely’ Dictating Flow of Illegal Immigrants Across Border

United States Border Patrol (USBP) Chief Jason Owens has revealed that a criminal network of people smugglers is “absolutely” dictating the flow of illegal immigrants into the country at the moment.

In a March 24 interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Mr. Owens said the agency is on track to record over a million illegal immigrant apprehensions since the start of 2024, with most crossings being aided by a criminal network of smugglers.

According to Mr. Owens, people smugglers are dictating “what the flow is going to look like” and then “we respond to it,” which is what they want.

“They‘ll push groups across knowing that we’ll respond from a humanitarian perspective and make sure that they’re safe,” he said.

“And while we’re tied up and occupied doing this, what are they doing a couple [of] miles down the road?”

Border patrol has encountered more than 7.6 million illegal immigrants trying to cross the border since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. Mr. Owens said his agency is doing its best to “get out in front of it” and shut down the smugglers, but the sheer size of the border and a relatively small number of border patrol personnel make it impossible to slow the flood of people.

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