Border Patrol Council VP: 'Obama Holdovers' Keeping 'Catch & Release' Alive and Well

Geraldo Rivera said Thursday night that he believes the current immigration crisis in the United States has been "manufactured."

He called the issue an "overreaction" to the caravan of illegal immigrants that traveled through Mexico toward the United States.

"I say it with absolute certainty. Illegal immigration across the southern border is near 46-year lows, [although] we did have a spike in March," Rivera said on "Hannity."

"If one woman gets raped or one Kate Steinle gets murdered, isn't that enough that we protect our family? Our fellow Americans first?" Hannity asked.

Former Secret Service Agent and NYPD officer Dan Bongino agreed with Hannity, questioning why Rivera "denied" there is a problem.

"We know terrorists are aware of the southern border," Bongino said. "It's true. It's a fact. ... There's a real price to illegal immigration."

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Thursday that the immigration crisis "is real" and explained that around 50,000 migrants were interdicted at the border last month, a 200 percent increase from March of 2017.

"I never talked to a senator or congressman who doesn't tell me they're in favor of border security, so now is the time to fix it," Nielsen said. "Let's get together and put forward a legislative proposal that can pass."

Watch the discussion above.

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