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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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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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