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Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County says that illegal immigrants are using an access road that was left when construction of Trump’s border wall was abandoned, according to The Western Journal.

“When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources and stopped construction on our border,” Dannels said.

“One area where the fence is not complete, we get five or six groups a day coming across there.”

“This administration owns this decision,” Dannels said. “And what it’s doing is, it’s forcing us back to 2019, when we had the largest — what I call — crime scene in the country to include the largest humanitarian situation going on,” he said.

“This is a crime scene and this is what we just put together,” he continued. “We had it under control. This is frustrating. And now it’s going back to 2019. It’s frustrating.”

Danniels talked about the problems from 2019, “where 141 countries breached our southwest border in the first nine months.”

“A thousand gang members, 822 assaults on agents, 271 deaths on our border.”

“This is a crime scene and this is what we just put together,” he continued. “We had it under control. This is frustrating. And now it’s going back to 2019. It’s frustrating.”



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“Nobody is talking about what’s going on at the southwest border when it comes to the health pandemic in this country,” Dannels said.

“And then you look at the public safety aspect of this, it’s upsetting,” he added. “It’s almost like we’re not part of this country, which is very upsetting.”

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25 percent of the migrants dropped off by authorities tested positive for the coronavirus.

“It’s a product of politics within policing,” Dannels said. “And I’ve always said that they had no business in our business, in the business of policing what we do on this border in our communities.”

From The Western Journal:

The surprise was that Biden left the project in a state where not only was there not a wall to protect against smugglers, but there was infrastructure left behind that acted to aid the smugglers the wall was supposed to protect against.

Cochise County encompasses 83 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, which makes it a prime target for smugglers, both of the drug and human variety, Fox News reported.

That’s bad enough — but, as Dannels shared in photographs of the half-finished wall, there was infrastructure there that made it easier for illegal immigrants to cross.

The problem is, of course, the pandemic. At least with the current rush at the southern border, most of it is controlled and COVID-19 testing can be done.