Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace has proven to be no supporter of President Donald Trump, but even he felt compelled to push back against the Biden administration’s border policies.
He grilled Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday, asking why the administration has not done more to stop the influx of undocumented immigrants into the United States.
“Despite your best efforts”
In his attempt to dodge Wallace’s questions, Mayorkas tried to dismiss the border crisis as “nothing new.”
The tense interview began with Wallace asking his guest how many of the thousands of Haitian migrants who crossed into Texas will ultimately settle in America long-term.
“As a matter of reality, won’t many of those people end up settling here in the United States, some of them permanently?” he asked.
Mayorkas offered a vague response insisting that there was a plan to ensure the migrants showed up to their court hearings, but Wallace was clearly incredulous.
“But sir, there are more than 11 million people in this country illegally,” he said. “Clearly, despite your best efforts, millions of people end up in this country, and don’t just disappear,” Wallace said.
Biden’s “magnet” for illegal immigration
The Biden official attempted to turn the presence of millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country into an argument for further opening the borders, asserting that the numbers alone present a “compelling reason” to provide a pathway to citizenship.
Wallace dug in, pointing out that Biden’s policies have created a “magnet” for illegal immigration, though Mayorkas pointed to a similar uptick in border crossings in 2019.
“My question is why did you allow them in the country in the first place?” Wallace added. “Why didn’t you build … a wall?”
Although the idea of building a border wall was the subject of great derision among progressives during the Trump era, Biden’s policy of de facto open borders has proven unpopular in its own right. As Wallace pointed out, Mayorkas and the current administration might be better off if they embrace Trump’s tough policies instead of seeking to repeal them at every turn.