Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels also told"Fox & Friends" on Monday the"political theater that is being played out is scary to us on the southwest border, sheriffs, police departments and our federal partners and each American ought to be standing on this."
Dannels pointed to data from 2019, noting that over 1,000 gang members representing more than a dozen countries breached the southwest border that year. He added that thousands of children were being manipulated by the cartels as a fraud and there have been hundreds of assaults on federal agents.
"It goes to explain to you how vulnerable our southwest border will be to include every American in this state if we don't have a secure border," Dannels said.
Ahead of Biden's inauguration that a large migrant caravan was making its way to America's southern border.
The week earlier Biden was sworn-in as president, two teams of more than 3,000 Honduran migrants each pushed their way into Guatemala without registering as part of a bigger caravan headed to the United States, the Associated Press reported. A third group entered Guatemala on Saturday. The migrants were expecting to achieve Mexico, which is north of Guatemala, and finally make their way to the United States border.
"We've worked well through the last few years and the reason why we want a safe border is merely common sense," Dannels said.
He pointed to figures in Cochise County, noting that the 800 cameras deployed in the region have shown"double" the number of illegal immigrants coming into the nation since last year when Biden became the Democratic nominee.
"One thing which bothers me as a sheriff serving 37 years on the southwest boundary is the simple fact that the course of the past continue to be played out in Congress, throughout the presidency," Dannels added.
In addition, he pointed out that when Donald Trump was president,"We had an extremely positive, proactive relationship with President Trump at the table to solve community issues."
"Police chiefs and sheriffs are specialists of communities. Our national government is supposed to function as experts of national security and border safety," Dannels said.
"Together that's a recipe of victory for each American and what I am seeing today is we're going to go back in time and play this political theatre in the backs and the dangers of each American."
President Biden signed 17 executive activities during his first day in officemany of which reversed Trump government policies and directives--such as cancellation of boundary wall financing and funding.
Dannels mentioned on Monday that the boundary wall"was a favorable defense for our county" and it's"sad" to see that the progress will be stopped.
He added,"We've been down this road before. I really don't understand why we can not look in the past and find balance in our procedures, our programs, and stop this madness."