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DHS Secretary Mayorkas to visit border, as some call for his removal

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that he will visit southern Texas later this week, to access the crisis. Mayorkas’ announcement comes after growing criticism from Republican leaders that officials in the Biden Administration have exacerbated the crisis and failed the American people.

Rep. Andy Biggs, (R-AZ) announced Friday his “intent to file articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas in the coming weeks for his complete dereliction of duty in securing our southern border.” Biggs, co-chairman of the House Border Caucus, told me in an earlier interview that not only has President Biden’s failed policy exacerbated the border crisis but it has put U.S. national security at risk.

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Sara Carter on the U.S. Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. Illegal migrants, many of who are children, cross the border daily. This fiscal year more than 1.1 million people have been apprehended by Border Patrol.

“Secretary Mayorkas is a threat to the sovereignty and security of our nation,” said Biggs about Mayorkas.

According to Border Patrol officials more than 1.1 million apprehensions have taken place at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year. For example, in June there was an astonishing 188,829 apprehensions at the southern border. That was a 5% increase from May.

DHS officials said Mayorkas will meet with “local officials and community leader,” according to reports. He is expected to meet with “DHS frontline workforce” employees during his Thursday trip.

Several months earlier Mayorkas visited the border but was criticized by Border Patrol agents and ICE officials who spoke to me in McAllen. I covered Mayorkas’ visit for Fox News host Sean Hannity, and I was in McAllen as Mayorkas’ plane arrived to the airport and departed shortly after his meeting. He only spent a brief period of time on the ground with Border Patrol agents and senior supervisors.

In fact, during the meeting Mayorkas was confronted about a gag order placed DHS officials from speaking with the media. The unofficial gag order on.DHS employees continues, Border Patrol officials told me.

“They don’t want any of us speaking to the media,” said one Border Patrol agent working in Texas. “These orders are meant to keep the truth from the American people.”

Apparently, Mayorkas wants to “receive operational updates,” from this trip to the Texas border, the report stated.

Mayorkas knows exactly what’s going on and he’s known since Jan. 20 what the Biden policies have done to the national security, health and stability of the nation. Yet, he has failed to do anything to stop it. More importantly, Mayorkas assists the Biden Administration in making it worse.

When Mayorkas cares more about this nation – than his job – then maybe then we can get the border crisis under control.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter on @SaraCarterDC

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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