By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square)
Ahead of President Biden’s first trip to the southern border on Sunday in El Paso, Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the US southern border is closed again.
His comments came despite thousands of illegal border crossers pouring into the city, filling the airport, sidewalks and refugee shelters. Over the past few days, many have been bused out of town and otherwise Cleared Out ahead of the President’s visit.
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On January 5, after the president announced his expanded immigration plan, Mayorkas announced that the Department of Homeland Security was preparing to end Title 42, the public health authority, after facing challenges in court.
Majorca He said, “Title 42 or not, the border is not open. We will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws in a safe, orderly and humane manner. Individuals without a legal basis to remain in the United States are subject to deportation under Title 42 or removal under Title 8.
The crisis at the southern border is “because our immigration system is broken, outdated and in desperate need of reform,” Mayorkas said. The laws we enforce have not been updated in decades. The average asylum case takes four or more years to conclude, immigration judges have a backlog of more than 1.7 million cases, and we have more than 11 million undocumented people in our country, many of whom work in the shadows…”
He mentioned that 2.5 million Venezuelans live in Colombia and 1.5 million in Peru. More than 350,000 Haitians live in Brazil and Chile, and the number of Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica has doubled since last year.
He made the remarks as concerns of illegal entry into the US by Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Haitians have risen in the past few months and in the days since. More than 5 million Foreign nationals were detained or evaded capture by law enforcement. It contains More than 3.3 million In fiscal year 2022, of which About 1.8 million Occurred only in Texas.
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The El Paso sector, which includes two West Texas counties and all of New Mexico, has experienced an all-time record breaking surge in the past two months.
RELATED: Another record: Nearly 314,000 apprehensions, Gotaways at southern border in December
In December, the agent was arrested More than 55,700 people and nearly 33,000 getaways have been reported, according to preliminary CBP data obtained by Center Square.
In November, they was arrested More than 53,000 illegal aliens and more than 24,000 deportees are reported in the zone.
According to 2022 census data analyzed by The Center Square, the number of people who cross the board each month exceeds the individual population of all five counties in New Mexico, except for all four cities.
The record numbers soared after Mallorca rolled back several policies, including freeing illegal aliens to the US and limiting ICE enforcement of detention and deportation policies. Nineteen attorneys general filed briefs about them with the Supreme Court; Florida is set to go to trial Monday in another lawsuit in which plaintiffs argue the administration continues to violate federal law.
Several members of Congress have called for Mayorkas to be impeached; Several attorneys general, including Florida, have called for his resignation.
Last November, US Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., now Speaker of the House, said, “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can open an impeachment hearing. .”
Asked for comment Sunday morning, Mayorkas told ABC News this week that he was joining the president in El Paso and on Monday at a summit of North American leaders in Mexico City, where world leaders will discuss “homeland security.” Asked if he plans to resign, he said: “I don’t. I have a lot of work to do, and we’re going to do it. According to to Fox News.
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On Saturday, Mayorkas reiterated his “secure border” language in an interview with CNN anchor Poppy Harlow. He asked them, “Border officials have consistently told” a CNN reporter “they feel abandoned by the federal government by this administration. So why did it take two years for President Biden to get to the southern border?”
Mayorkas replied, “We have been dedicating our efforts to the situation at the border since day one. We are incredibly proud of our frontline staff who are tirelessly and selflessly dedicated to the mission. The President is well aware of the border. … He will see the border for the first time in his public service career this Sunday.
The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing BP agents, argued the Biden administration, which denied CBP enforcement procedures while sending $45 billion to Ukraine, said the administration “doesn’t want more money for DHS to enforce laws and deport people. They just want more money to process more people so they can deport more people.” “Can be released. Don’t be fooled by their propaganda,” he said.
“No administration in the modern history of this country has done more damage, killed the morale of Border Patrol agents and unleashed more death, destruction, rape, murder and danger on our border than the Biden administration,” the coalition said.
In a statement it released Saturday, it said, “While Biden and Harris pat themselves on the back around DC and lie about the border, things in the real world continue to deteriorate at record-setting levels. Excessive lawlessness, dead bodies and human suffering are not part of the gated fantasyland they inhabit.
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.