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Democrat Congressman: Biden Is Listening To ‘Activists’ Not Locals On Border Crisis

Cuellar tells Biden, ‘If you think open borders is popular, you’re very wrong’

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Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX) slammed Democrat President Joe Biden during a Fox News interview, saying that Biden has been listening to “activists” and not locals in how to combat the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border.

“The bottom line is I supported Joe Biden for president. He was the most centrist candidate running but the problem, in my opinion, is that he has surrounded himself, at least on the immigration issue, with people that have backgrounds in – I would call them immigration activists — and they’re giving their perspective and the problem is that’s only one perspective,” Cuellar said, adding “What about the perspective of the border communities?”

Cuellar later added, “What about the landowners? I got a call from this landowner two days ago. He was so frustrated. He texts me later saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, you know, letting out my frustration.’ I said, no, I wanna hear from you – they’re not listening to the border communities.”

Cuellar continued, “And most importantly, also, they’re not listening to the men and women in green and blue. Somebody has to have their back and when you have the political people that are giving advice to the administration, that is only one-sided.”

Cuellar’s comments come as recent numbers from Border Patrol reveal that Biden’s border crisis has continued to break records, with arrests of migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border reaching in the 2021 fiscal year, the highest annual number ever recorded.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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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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