90 Miles From Tyranny : DHS Sec. Says Biden Regime’s Plan is ‘Working,’ and Has Led to ‘a Drop in the Number of Encounters at the US Border’

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

DHS Sec. Says Biden Regime’s Plan is ‘Working,’ and Has Led to ‘a Drop in the Number of Encounters at the US Border’

During a Senate hearing Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed the Biden Regime’s border policies are “working,” and have led to a drop of encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mayorkas was responding to Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who was grilling the DHS chief about the ongoing surge of illegal immigrants at the border during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “Threats to the Homeland.”

After noting that Mayorkas had previously testified to Congress that DHS had “a plan,” and was “executing the plan,” Hawley pointed out that for two straight months, in July and August, US Customs and Border Protection officials had encountered more than 200,000 illegal immigrants. Hawley said such a staggering number of border crossers hadn’t been seen in decades.

“My question is, when’s your plan going to work?” the Missouri Senator pressed.

Mayorkas responded defensively that “in fact, we are implementing the plan, and I can walk through the measures we’ve taken.”

Hawley shot back: “My question is when is it going to work?”

Mayorkas responded, “it is, in fact, working. We have seen over the last several weeks—if not, the month—a drop in the number of encounters at the United States border.

In recent days, the border has been swamped with up to 15,000 Haitian migrants who have massed in squalid, third-world conditions in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of the Haitians have since been removed by Border Patrol, and hundreds more have crossed the Rio Grand back to Mexico.

“We happen to be working very closely with Mexico to increase interdictions,” Mayorkas declared. “We have addressed the issue of recidivism, and if in fact, people have been previously removed, we are referring them to criminal prosecution.”

Hawley stopped Mayorkas to doublecheck whether he was sure the plan was working given that border officials were seeing over 200,000 encounters a month and now a small city of Haitians living under a bridge in Del Rio.

“Are you happy with what is happening at the border now? Is this success?” Hawley asked incredulously.

Mayorkas repeated his robotic answer about DHS having “a plan,” and “executing our plan.”

“We have a plan. We’re executing our plan, and we will continue to do so,” he said.

“But you just testified that it’s working so I’m just trying to understand,” Hawley responded, confused. “Is this success? Are you telling me this is successful? Your plan is successful currently?”

Mayorkas answered defensively that his department has not yet finished executing its plan, and muttered that he had never suggested it had.

“We continue to do the work that we are required to do to secure our border. That is an ongoing process, and indeed we are executing it,” the DHS Sec insisted, sticking to his talking points.

Asked once again if he was happy with the results, Mayorkas replied, “Senator, we need to do better, and we need to do more, and we are committed to...

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