The United States is continuing to see an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration, with Fox News reporting that over 2 million migrants crossed the border in fiscal year 2022.
Republicans blame President Joe Biden for the crisis, and they aren't alone. This week, one Arizona law enforcement officer said that migrants have told him that they are coming in response to Biden's policies.
According to Breitbart, that claim was made on Wednesday by Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels as he testified before the House Judiciary Committee. He explained,
The majority of people — we have an interdiction team that goes out daily — yesterday, they were out for their shift and had 15 smuggling events … the majority of people we talk to, the majority of migrants that have been smuggled, which I call modern-day slavery what they’re doing to these people, they tell us the reason they’re here is because of President Biden and [give] a welcoming sign.
"Currently, this is the ugliest I’ve experienced," Dannels said of the situation, adding that it has taken a serious toll on local taxpayers.
"Border-related bookings, detention costs counting the year 2022 was $4.3 million, absorbed by my local and state taxpayers … in a rural community, that’s a huge impact," the law enforcement officer explained.
The border crisis has some House Republicans moving to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. One of them is Rep. Pat Fallon who has filed articles against the Biden administration official.
Republican Rep. Pat Fallon of Texas has filed articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. https://t.co/xSMe3DCQJk
— Roll Call (@rollcall) January 11, 2023
"Secretary Mayorkas’s potential impeachment is not an accident," the New York Post quoted Fallon as saying in a statement.
"He has willfully abdicated his duties as Secretary of Homeland Security and actively misled Congress and the American people. To make any progress at our southern border, he must go," the Republican congressman insisted.
Meanwhile, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer told Breitbart last month that he supports efforts to impeach Mayorkas.
"You can’t argue that [Mayorkas] has not been doing his job. He’s ignored the border. So has the president," Emmer said.
Emmer went on to complain that the president and Mayorkas are both "directly responsible" for surging drug deaths "because they haven’t taken steps to secure our southern border."
In a January report, Fox News cited a CDC report which found that fatal drug overdoses topped 100,000 over the course of 2021.