Department Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week claimed that the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure.”
Now, according to Fox News, a number of U.S. Border Patrol agents are pushing back against Mayorkas’ claim, insisting that the DHS secretary is being less than honest.
Mayorkas made the claim that the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure” on Tuesday while he was speaking at an Aspen Security Forum.
“Look, the border is secure,” Mayorkas said. “We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.”
Mayorkas then claimed that this challenge has been made more difficult by lawmakers, saying, “I have said to a number of legislators who expressed to me that we need to address the challenge at the border before they pass legislation and I take issue with the math of holding the solution hostage until the problem is resolved.”
“There is work to be done,” he added.
It’s just not true
Fox News quotes multiple Border Patrol agents as disputing Mayorkas’ claim that the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure.”
“Hundreds of thousands crossing every month is not the definition of secure,” one agent is quoted as saying. The agent added, “they are liars, and anyone who believes them are fools.”
Fox quotes at least one other source as saying that Mayorkas is telling “bold face lies.”
Fox also quotes another agent as saying, “Mayorkas, [Border Patrol Chief Raul] Ortiz, and [President] Biden are failures that do not have the support of agents and many command staff, they all have violated their ‘oath’ of office to defend the laws and Constitution and should be removed.”
The reality of the situation
Separately, Fox has reported that Border Patrol agents saw over 207,000 migrant encounters just in the month of June. It is the fourth consecutive month of more than 200,000 encounters, and it appears likely that agents could see over 2 million encounters during the 2022 fiscal year. There have been 1,746,119 encounters so far, that is, through June.
As several Border Patrol agents suggested, these numbers alone would suggest that the southern border is anything but “secure” – the opposite is much closer to the reality of the situation. So, why lie? In order to convince Americans that the border is “secure” without actually securing it.