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