A U.S. Attorney in Texas said Wednesday on "America's Newsroom" said there is an "absolute catastrophe" unfolding on the southern border.

John Bash, the top federal prosecutor in the Western District of Texas, reacted to a disturbing video that shows heavily armed men escorting a migrant mother and son over the border.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) surveillance cameras showed the smugglers and the migrant family Saturday night near the town of Lukeville in the southwest corner of Arizona. The armed escorts turned back across the border, while the woman and child turned themselves in to border agents.



Border Patrol officials told Fox News this is an unusual event and expressed concern that it will become a more regular occurrence – possibly leading to violence.

Bash told Bill Hemmer that events like this show how dangerous the situation has become. CBP just announced that the total number of border apprehensions in fiscal 2019, at around the halfway mark, has now surpassed all of 2018.

He said more and more Border Patrol agents are now spending time at processing centers helping migrant families, rather than policing the border to catch gang members, smugglers and drug traffickers.

"Our chief in the El Paso Sector said their processing center looks like a Walmart because they have so many diapers and food products to care for these families," said Bash, adding that smuggling people into the U.S. is a $100 million industry for the cartels. 

Watch the full interview above.


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