WATCH: Border Official Warns of Rise in Illegals Coming from the Middle East

During a recent interview, Deputy Chief Border Agent Raul Ortiz discussed the ongoing crisis at the US-Mexico border, specifically focusing on the rising numbers of apprehensions of illegal migrants – as well as the ones who evade authorities.

While noting that there have been approximately 120,000 illegal aliens apprehended and detained by US authorities, Ortiz pointed out that there are also around 25,000 “who have gotten away from us,” adding, “We actually don’t know who they are.”

“So far, here in South Texas, we’ve apprehended folks from 44 different countries,” said Ortiz. “These are from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, you name it. We continue to see some increases in those numbers.”

“Those are the people who are trying to get away from our officers each and every day,” said Ortiz. “It is certainly a humanitarian crisis – it’s a border security crisis, but more importantly, it’s a policy crisis that needs to be addressed at the highest levels.”

The issue of border security and illegal immigration remains a major point of contention for US lawmakers which leaves DC bitterly divided, as a growing number of Democrats begrudgingly admit that there is, indeed, a crisis at the US-Mexico border.