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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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  1. Urchen

    November 19, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Hey Mr. Clean! Don’t forget the slogan of your “dear Leader”: (bidens handler) “Yes We Can”.

  2. Dusty Dog

    November 19, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    That 11 million undocumented immigrant numbers has not changed in decades. The government has no idea how many there are in the country.

  3. beafrank

    November 19, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Eh’nt! We CAN remove millions of illegals LEGALLY.

  4. RLABruce

    November 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Nobody needs to deport anybody; they will deport themselves from our country, if we arrest fine and IMPRISON any employers who hire an illegal, or anyone who provides housing for an illegal. Incorporate just those two items into law–and enforce the law!–and they will all be gone within a week, leaving on their own because they don’t have access to the American Dream, and because government handouts are no longer given to them anymore. With no incentive to come here, we won’t even have to guard the border except against drug and human trafficking.

  5. Ralph

    November 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Remove him

  6. stpaulchuck

    November 20, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    there’s over a million of us military veterans out here. How soon can you get the c130’s and 6×6’s martialed up for transportation?? We’ll deliver, like Uber for invader delivery.

  7. Major Graydon

    November 21, 2021 at 7:29 am

    That bald headed, brainless lib thinks we can’t see that’s what the libs & anti-Americans WANTED and expected!

    Such incompetence with illegal actions need immediate Attention for the pure sake of JUSTICE like regime removal! We don’t have a POTUS!

    TIME is not on America’s side…….

  8. Walt

    November 21, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Sure we can. You just have to want to. This is how they changed this Country. We went from a “can do” attitude to a victim “I cant do it” attitude. BTW there are far more than 11 million. They just keep lying and the people sit around like lumps complaining and yet electing the same people/parties over and over.

  9. Jetsun

    November 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The communist democrat party hate America. Their weapon of choice to destroy America is mass immigration.

  10. Laney DiPietro

    November 26, 2021 at 10:39 am

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you deport 11 million people. One at a time. You have to start somewhere. But you really don’t want to deport anyone because this is your new base.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Admits VP Harris Not ‘Directly’ Involved in Key Border Policy Decisions

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Remember when President Joe Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of tackling our immigration problem? We do, too. Remember when absolutely nothing happened, the immigration crisis intensified, and the only time we saw Harris was with child actors talking about space? We do, too.

What we have no recollection of, is Harris having any involvement with border policies; apparently, neither does Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. When questioned during Tuesday’s border hearing, the Secretary admitted Harris has not been “directly” involved in key policy decisions in her almost eight months since being deemed Biden’s head honcho to tackle “root causes” of illegal immigration.

In a back-and-forth with Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mayorkas could not cover for Harris’ inaction. The New York Post transcribed the uncomfortable interaction:

“Do you report to her?” Hawley asked Mayorkas.

“Senator, I report to the vice president and the president, and your question misstates the facts,” the DHS secretary responded. “The president did not appoint the vice president to be the border czar. He asked her to lead the effort in addressing the root causes of irregular migration. Those are two very different things.”

“Ah, I see,” Hawley answered. “So is she working closely with you on that important endeavor? How often do you meet with her?”

“I am certainly in close touch with the vice president,” Mayorkas said.

“How often do you meet on this subject?” Hawley pressed.

“I’ve met with the vice president more than a handful of times,” answered Mayorkas, who was confirmed as DHS secretary in February.

” More than a handful? Well, so what’s that, six or seven times in the last year? ” Hawley said.

“Well, no, first of all, I have not been in office for a year, senator,” said Mayorkas before repeating that he was in “close touch” with Harris.

When Hawley asked Mayorkas if the vice president had traveled to the border with him, the DHS chief recalled a late June visit by Harris to El Paso, Texas. The vice president received criticism for the trip from Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who pointed out at the time that Harris was going nowhere near the epicenter of the ongoing crisis.

“And has she been part of your policies, your decision to end the ‘Remain in Mexico‘ policy, to end the public charge rule, to change the ICE guidance, has she been part of those decisions?” asked Hawley.

“I have not consulted with the vice president directly about those policies,” Mayorkas admitted.

“So what is she doing, exactly?” the Missourian asked. “You said she’s not the border czar.  That’s not her role. We’re wrong about that. She’s not doing anything like that. She’s doing something very different, is what your testimony is, but you’re not actually consulting with her on any policy. So what is it that she’s doing, exactly?”

“Senator, as I have repeatedly testified, she is focused on addressing the root causes of irregular migration in the context of the migration channels,” Mayorkas responded.

“How’s that been going?” snarked Hawley.

“That is a — We are advancing considerably, and in fact, I am contributing to that effort ,” said Mayorkas, who cited trips he had made to meet with officials in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries.

“And those efforts are working? That’s been successful?” Hawley asked.

“This is a process that takes time and delivers an enduring solution,” Mayorkas insisted.

The Post notes “The pointed questions about Harris’ role come amid reports that the vice president is both increasingly sidelined by Biden during crucial meetings, and saddled with controversial issues that are eating away at her popularity.”

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