Audio was leaked last week of the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas was pummeled with questions from border patrol agents when he visited Yuma, Arizona. “Agents vented about what they conveyed to be a lack of effective actions to help them handle an influx of illegal immigrants at the border” reports the Washington Examiner.
In the heated exchange, Mayorkas said he knows the Biden administration’s policies “are not particularly popular with U.S. Customs and Border Protection” but that it was “the reality.”
Only two days after the audio was leaked, another leaked video surfaced of Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz in Laredo, Texas. Tensions were high as agents accused the Biden administration leaders of hampering their ability to do their jobs and keep people safe.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“We don’t give up. We stay focused. We continue to do the job and the mission we all signed up for. We all raised our hand,” Ortiz said.
Among the group of agents in attendance, people could be heard getting restless, saying, “It’s kind of hard to say that,” with another retorting “to defend the Constitution.”
“It’s not hard to say that,” Ortiz fired back, raising his voice.
“It may be hard for you to say it, but I’ve been doing this for 31 years. It’s not hard for me to say it. Every day, I wake up, and I’m committed to this organization, and I’m committed to each one of y’all,” he continued, talking over someone in the crowd.
The crowd shot back with claims that the policies don’t match the rhetoric. One appeared to complain about the release of criminals into the country.
“You’re getting bogged down in the policies and the politics,” an increasingly frustrated Ortiz said.
One person claimed they can’t even say “illegal aliens,” to which Ortiz spat back that he “just said it. See? Is anything going to happen to you?”
“Why are you so caught up in the semantics, right? There’s a mission out there to be had guys,” Ortiz continued. “We can sit here and argue until we’re blue in the face. I’ve been doing this job as long as y’all.”
“That’s a problem,” one of the crowd said.
“For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. That’s exactly what’s happening here,” the person added. “Good men are doing nothing. You’re allowing illegal aliens to be dropped off in our communities.”
Ortiz insisted that the agents are still doing good work every day by making arrests and getting rid of drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamine. One of the crowd rebuffed Ortiz, saying “under this administration” over the past year, there was the “highest [number of] fentanyl deaths in the history of our country.”
A final heated moment in the nearly four-minute video, in which someone lamented a “lack of results,” was quickly defused when another shouted a question that led to a wave of laughter and applause in the room.
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Congressman Biggs to Unveil Impeachment Articles Against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) will unveil his 118th Congress impeachment articles against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Biggs, along with dozens of Republican congressional members, will hold a press conference at The House Triangle in the United States Capitol.
At least 15 members of Congress will provide remarks advocating for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Congressman Biggs was the first member of Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, as early as August 2021.
The escalating border crisis during the Biden administration has led Biggs and other members to conclude Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty in protecting our nation’s borders constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”
In late December, The Washington Examiner reported on Biggs’ cited three examples of how he said Mayorkas broke the law.
“First, Secretary Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control of the border as required under the law,” he said, quoting the Secure Fence Act of 2006’s definition of operational control as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”
He added: “Second, he may have lied to Congress when he testified that he was maintaining operational control of the border.
The third illegal action, Biggs said, was how Mayorkas had not detained illegal immigrants and instead released more than 1 million people into the U.S.
“The law is clear illegal aliens shall be detained,” Biggs said.
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