Custom & Border Patrol agent Fernando Grijalva told CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal what he had seen at the border between the United States and Mexico in the state of Arizona.
“Fernando Grijalva says this area has become a hotbed for illegal crossings,” Villarreal said to her viewers.
“Let me put it this way, I’ve seen six different presidents in the time that I’ve been with the Border Patrol, and this is the worst crisis that I’ve seen,” he explained.
“You actually will use that word, ‘crisis’?” she asked.
“Yes,” he responded.
Villarreal also appeared surprised that the Border Patrol agents would work without pay since the partial government shutdown began more than a month ago.
“They believe that strongly in the mission and they know they, and we, have a job to do,” Grijalva responded.
Villarreal showed a portion of the border that was poorly guarded and explained that many buses drive right up to the lax barrier, and let off migrants who become illegal aliens by simply crossing through.
“Last year, border agents apprehended 52,000 people in this area alone, an increase of more than a thousand apprehensions a month over the previous year,” she added.