Attorney General Fox Reacts to Trip to the Southern Border

After spending several days at the southern border between the United States and Mexico, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is thoroughly convinced that there definitely is a crisis involving people, crime and drugs.

“Do we have a crisis here at the southern border? My conclusion is that we do,” said Fox, opening a press conference with statewide media. “You can call it an immigration crisis, you can call it a law enforcement crisis, you can call it any number of things, but I think that it’s clear that Congress must act.”

Fox said his close contact with the law enforcement agencies in the area confirmed his fears that the crisis has grown to an unprecedented scale.

“We have not met with politicians,” he said. “We have met with law enforcement professionals. People who have put in 10, 15 and 25 years into their work at the southern border, and they’ve not seen anything like this before. Frankly, they’re professionals and do they don’t whine and they just go about doing their jobs, but it’s clear to me that they need help.”

Colonel Tom Butler, commander of the Montana Highway Patrol reacted to a question about whether the methamphetamine coming into Montana can be traced directly to Mexico, he said all aspects of life in Montana have now been touched by the drug crisis.

“Nearly every aspect of the state budget has been touched by the drug issue that we have in the state,” said Butler. “You look at the number of youth dependents and care cases that the Department of Public Health and Human Services is dealing with which are setting records nearly every year. You look at the domestic violence issues that are going on inside our cities across the state every year. That all has astronomical impacts on the taxpayers of Montana.”

ICE Deputy Chief Davis Vasquez drew attention to the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants that are streaming across the southern border.

“When I tell you that our apprehensions from this year to last year went up from 38,000 last year at this time to 136,000 this year, that’s an almost 700 percent increase than what we were seeing last year.”

Butler said it was clear that the cartels are promoting and using the massive numbers of people crossing the border in order to hide drugs that are being smuggled into the U.S.

One reporter remarked that Governor Steve Bullock refused to send Montana National Guard troops to help with the border, and asked Attorney General Fox how he would respond to such a request is he became governor.

“Knowing what I know now, if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security felt that Montana National Guardsmen would assist in reducing the crisis here at the southern border, then in consultation with the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard, as governor, I would seriously consider fulfilling that request. I think it was a mistake for Governor Bullock not to send anyone.”

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