WASHINGTON– Jeh Johnson warned Thursday that anyone who is still arguing there is no crisis at the border is “clearly partisan.”
Johnson, who served as Barack Obama’s head of Homeland Security from 2013 to 2017, called the influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S. border “a crisis by any measure.”
“This is, in my view, having owned this problem for three years, first, I know what a thousand a day looks like. I saw it myself at border patrol holding stations,” Johnson told Fox News. “I cannot begin to imagine what 4,000 a day looks like. It must overwhelm the system.”
Thursday marked the second time within a month that Johnson has spoken out in defense of President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the national border. In March Johnson told MSNBC “we are truly in a crisis” when it comes to the border.
“I think we have to get away from Democrat vs. Republican, crisis vs. no crisis.” Johnson told MSNBC. “This is a crisis by any measure, and the solution inevitably is bipartisan. It has to be bipartisan. It requires a change in law.”
Johnson went on to warn that “swift and immediate action” must be taken if America hopes to retain it’s sovereignty as a nation.
“A little bit of context here. When I was in office in Kirstjen Nielsen’s job, at her desk, I’d get to work around 6:30 in the morning, and there would be my intelligence book sitting on my desk, the PDB, and also the apprehension numbers from the day before,” Johnson said.
“My staff would tell you if it was under 1,000 apprehension the day before, that was a relatively good number, and if it was above 1,000, it was a relatively bad number, and I was going to be in a bad mood the whole day.” he said.“On Tuesday there were 4,000 apprehensions. I know that a thousand overwhelms the system. I can’t imagine what 4,000 a day looks like. So, we are truly in a crisis.”
For his part, President Trump slammed Democrat efforts to block him from securing America’s borders as “treasonous.”
“I think what the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Their Open Border mindset is putting our Country at risk. Will not let this happen!” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Everybody is now acknowledging that, right from the time I announced my run for President, I was 100% correct on the Border. Remember the heat I took? Democrats should now get rid of the loopholes. The Border is being fixed. Mexico will not let people through!”