On Tuesday, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office released video of Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz testifying under oath that illegals face "no consequences" for entering the United States under President Joe Biden.
Florida has filed several lawsuits against the Biden administration over immigration policies, leading up to the testimony Ortiz gave last month.
The video is available above. A transcript of the testimony is published below, giving an inside glimpse to how border officials view Biden’s lax immigration policies.
Speaker1: What capacity do you serve the border patrol now?
Ortiz: I am the chief of the United States Border Patrol.
Speaker1: Would you agree, Chief Ortiz, that the southern border is currently in crisis?
Speaker1: Would you agree, Chief Ortiz, that unprecedented numbers of aliens are illegally entering the United States right now?
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Speaker1: Are the individuals that are turning themselves in, are they turning themselves in because they believe they're going to be paroled?
Ortiz: I would imagine that they are turning themselves in because they think they're going to be released. Yes.
Speaker1: Would you agree, Chief Ortiz, that the aliens who cite favorable immigration policy as a reason to come to the United States are perceiving what actually is happening in the United States.
Speaker1: When President Biden was elected, did the number of aliens trying to illegally enter the United States increase or decrease?
Speaker1: From your 31 years of experience has the Border Patrol in a year ever had the number of encounters that it's going to have in 2022?
Speaker1: Is the crisis that is currently ongoing at the southern border making the border less safe for Americans and aliens alike?
Speaker1: Since President Biden was elected, does this document indicate that aliens illegally entering the United States perceive that they will be able to enter and remain in the United States?
Speaker1: Why is it important to detain and remove demographics that are amenable to the Border Patrol?
Ortiz: One, you want to make sure you have consequences.
Speaker1: Okay. And if you don't have consequences, what is likely going to happen.
Ortiz: In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences.
Speaker1: So, if migrant populations believe that there are not going to be consequences, more of them will come to the border. Is that what you're saying?
Ortiz: There's an assumption that if migrant populations are told that there is a potential that they may be released, that, yes, you can see increases.
Speaker1: If you're not detaining and removing demographics that are amenable and the flow will compound -so it will increase at an exponential rate. Is that what is being suggested here?
Ortiz: I do think it will increase, yeah.
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