By Jenny Goldsberry
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss how Vice President Harris is handling the border crisis. According to Pompeo, “the conditions down there are no different today than they were in January of this year.”
“And we’ve had multiples and multiples of people come across the border,” Pompeo told Wallace. “So it’s not the conditions down there that caused the current crisis at the border, it’s the policies of the Biden administration.”
Meanwhile, the former secretary of state was able to negotiate with Central American countries regarding their emigration. “The first responsibility is to keep our southern borders secure,” Pompeo said. We had it done. We got there.” During his term, there were 600 to 900 percent fewer encounters at the border.
“Don’t take my word for it,” he went on. “This week the Mexican leadership and Guatemalan leadership says this is a direct result of the Biden policies.” Guatemalan President Giammattei reiterated this sentiment in an interview with Sara Carter that same week.
“It’s simple math,” Pompeo said. “180,000 in May is the highest in 20 years. This is a result of a bad border policy. It’s created a crisis . . . It’s not only bad for [the trafficked migrants], it’s really bad for the United States and it’s not a result of what’s happening in Central America.”
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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”
“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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