After facing backlash for not addressing the border crisis in his national address, President Biden is turning the blame on the former Trump administration in an interview with TODAY saying: “They Didn’t Have Beds! They Didn’t Plan!” This comes over 100 days since Biden’s presidency began and over a month since he named Vice President Harris his border czar. Neither has visited the border during that time.
Craig Melvin interviewed Biden, and asked him about immigration, saying “Immigration was not one of the crises that demanded urgent action in January. Does it demand urgent action now?”
“It is getting urgent action now,” Biden defended. He later made excuses, saying the previous administration left the immigration department “understaffed.”
Even though illegal immigrants are being apprehended at a 20-year high, Biden said that is to be expected. According to him, immigration ebbs and flows seasonally.
“They didn’t plan for the overflow,” Biden said.
Watch the full interview here.
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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.
Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”
“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.
“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.
Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”
Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”
“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”
In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”
Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”
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