President Joe Biden has presided over a continuous influx of undocumented immigrants since taking office in January.
Although Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was asked about the troubling trend during his recent congressional testimony, critics say he chose to provide a misleading response.
“No less secure than it was previously”
He told members of the House Homeland Security Committee that the nation’s border “is secure,” claiming that the Biden administration is “executing our plan” to address the immigration issue.
Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) was clearly not convinced, going on to ask: “Mr. Secretary, the question is, is the border more secure now under your leadership?”
Mayorkas did not budge, insisting that the southern border is currently “no less secure than it was previously.”
Another Republican committee member took issue with the secretary’s words, accusing the White House of failing to meet its responsibilities.
“I respectfully disagree,” Mayorkas responded, asserting that his agency has “never abdicated the duty to protect our country.”
“Very pleased to share that information”
The secretary’s comments came as thousands of Haitian migrants congregated in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Although he vowed that they would be deported, DHS officials subsequently confirmed that at least some of the migrants had already been released.
Pfluger was not finished with his inquiries on the subject, going on to ask Mayorkas “how many known or suspected terrorists have entered this company this year,” insisting that the “American public deserves to know what the threat is to our country.”
Mayorkas declined to provide any specifics, promising instead that he would be “very pleased to share that information” with lawmakers “in a classified context.”
The Biden administration has also received significant backlash from progressives and critics outside of the United States over allegations that border agents have reacted too severely to the current situation. Special envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote stepped down from the position in protest, denouncing U.S. policy as “inhumane” and “counterproductive.”
Foote went on to assert: “Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.”