Border Patrol agents are gearing up for a record surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border after U.S. officials said they expect nearly 180,000 migrants to cross by May.  

The groups are expected to travel as families and either cross illegally or claim asylum to U.S. authorities. 

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Tuesday on "America's Newsroom" that the situation is a "dream come true" for criminals and drug cartels. 

He said drug smugglers will take advantage of the fact that U.S. Border Patrol is dealing with families, diverting important resources. 

"These migrants are being used as pawns. ... I know the government can stop this. This isn't rocket science," Judd explained, calling on politicians to show "political will" to close the loopholes and address the problems.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week that that 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. The number of illegals attempting to cross the border rose 100 percent from Feb. 2018 to Feb. 2019.

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On "The Ingraham Angle" Monday, Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Mark Lamb said President Trump is supporting law enforcement, whether people agree with him or not. 

He said sheriffs in Arizona have been clamoring for increased border security for a long time, since they're on the "front lines" against drug cartels. 

"The cartels don't have rules they're playing by. The other day we had a traffic stop and there was a lady in the front seat dressed as a nun, with a Bible on her lap. We ended up finding eight pounds of fentanyl in her undergarments. ... There is absolutely a problem and the cartel has no problem crossing any of those lines," he revealed.

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