A former Border Patrol chief who served during the Obama administration says President Trump is absolutely correct that there's a crisis at the southern border.

Mark Morgan, a former FBI official, served as head of the Border Patrol for the last six months of Obama's presidency. He left the post when Trump took office.

On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Morgan said Democrats are ignoring "overwhelming" evidence that the U.S. immigration system is broken and something must be done to enhance border security.



He noted that Democrats grilled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, but he said she was able to defend the Trump administration's immigration policies with facts and figures.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in February, a "remarkable" leap and the highest number of any February in the past 12 years. Of those, 7,249 were unaccompanied children, and 40,385 were family units -- totaling 60 percent of apprehensions.

Morgan also said that the Democratic talking point about detained migrant children being kept in cages is a "false narrative," and he claimed liberal lawmakers are being driven by identity politics.

He said Congress could fix the majority of the issues at the border "in 15 minutes" if the two sides of the aisle worked together, but Democrats have been unwilling to do so in order to deny the president a political victory.

The segment concluded with Morgan explaining why he has decided to speak out on the border crisis: "President Trump is right. It's that simple. We have a crisis."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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