Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamattei claimed in an interview that the Biden administration’s messaging has been encouraging the border crisis. CBSN correspondent Ed O’Keefe sat down with the president over the weekend.
“The message changed to ‘we’re going to reunite families and we’re going to reunite children,'” Giamattei told O’Keefe. “The very next day the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
But, Giamattei says it’s up to Harris to help the ongoing border crisis. “In our zoom meeting on May 7th, we made a proposal to the Vice President. We asked her to introduce a bill in the United States Senate that would make human smuggling and asking as a coyote a federal crime,” Giamattei said. Meanwhile, in Guatemala coyotes’ punishment tend to be a 5-6 year prison sentence. “It’s a joke,” the president said.
Biden administration officials would not confirm to O’Keefe whether they were considering the proposal or not. Vice President Harris landed in Guatemala Monday to meet with President Giamattei.
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“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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