While Fox News has reported that there were 2.3 million encounters between Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and migrants in fiscal year 2022, this figure doesn’t include the estimated 600,000 “got-aways” who evaded agents.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently all but admitted that the Biden administration has no idea where those people went.
Mayorkas attempts to dodge issue
According to Breitbart, Mayorkas made the admission during a Tuesday evening appearance on MSNBC’s “Jose Diaz-Balart Reports.”
“Some of the criticism includes, for example, the 600,000-plus [got-aways], folks who came into this country and did not go through the process of requesting asylum,” host Jose Diaz-Balart pointed out.
“So, do you know where they are and who they are, the people that don’t get — don’t request asylum when they arrive here?” Diaz-Balart asked.
Mayorkas initially attempted to dodge Diaz-Balart by touting President Joe Biden’s request late last year for additional border security funding.
Secretary says got-aways “have been a challenge from year to year”
“So, for the first time since 2011, the president of the United States presented a budget successfully that increased the number of Border Patrol agents,” Mayorkas declared.
“For the first time, this year, we have 300 more Border Patrol agent eligibility positions than we did in the past. We are making tremendous strides,” he continued, adding, “We are devoting tremendous resources to enhance our border security and we will keep at it.”
Diaz-Balart did not drop the issue, however, and he followed up by asking, “Do you know where they are and who they are?”
“So, got-aways have been a challenge from year to year regardless of the administration, whether it’s more than a million in the early part of this department’s administration or it’s hundreds of thousands over the ensuing years,” Mayorkas acknowledged.
“But what we are doing is we are dedicating people, physical assets, and an increasing reliance and use of innovative technology to enhance our visibility and our interdiction capabilities,” he insisted.
D.C. Council chairman wants more federal help in dealing with migrants
America’s border crisis has grown to such proportions that even Democratic politicians in so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions such as Washington, D.C. are raising alarm.
The Washington Examiner reported this week that D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson complained the influx of illegal migrants has left social services in the nation’s capital “sorely burdened.”
“We’ve gotten some assistance from the Department of Homeland Security,” Mendelson said before adding, “I don’t think it’s enough.”