Americans were shocked earlier this month to see thousands of illegal Haitian migrants congregating in conditions of squalor under a bridge near Del Rio, Texas.
Although officials said most would be deported, critics suspected that many would simply be released. A recent Fox News report revealed that the situation is even worse than many feared, as some 12,000 migrants — that we know of — have already been released into the United States.
During a Sunday interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged that somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 Haitian migrants have already been turned loose.
What’s more, Mayorkas went on to admit that the total number of released migrants will grow larger as an additional 5,000 migrants see their immigration cases processed.
Most of the new arrivals are attempting to claim asylum, a situation that the Homeland Security chief said that federal lawmakers are ultimately responsible for. “What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it,” Mayorkas said.
Mayorkas claimed that those who have been released are “are monitored by us” and are subject to conditions that will “ensure their appearance in court as the law requires.”
However, Wallace pointed out figures provided by the Justice Department reveal that some 44% of migrants who have been released in the same conditions in the past ultimately fail to show up in court.
Mayorkas did not dispute the number but still insisted his department has “enforcement guidelines in place that provide that individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities and will be removed.”
Opposing any deterrents
At one point during the interview, Wallace brought up the Biden administration’s decision to cancel the construction of a border wall — a politically controversial initiative launched under former President Donald Trump.
Wall supporters admit that a wall wouldn’t completely eliminate the problem, but contend that a physical barrier along the border would deter future situations such as the one that occurred in Del Rio, Texas recently.
Mayorkas dismissed such suggestions, saying, “We do not agree with the building of the wall. The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions.”
Such statements are unlikely to placate residents of border communities. As The Daily Wire reported, Del Rio’s Democratic Mayor Bruno Lozano has continued to lash out over the Biden administration’s inability to manage the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.