Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas admitted in a leaked audio that the immigration crisis is “unsustainable.”
Renowned Fox News journalist Bill Melugin reported that a Border Patrol source provided him with the audio where Mayorkas acknowledges the seriousness of what is happening at the U.S. border.
“A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable,” Mayorkas said.
“We can’t continue like this, our people in the field cant continue and our system isn’t built for it,” he added.
Mayorkas, who is Joe Biden’s point man on immigration said the federal government’s system was not designed to handle an influx of migrants like the one the United States has seen in recent months.
Mayorkas visited the Texas border and announced that agents handled more than 212,000 migrant encounters in July, a 13 % increase over the previous month; a figure that breaks immigration records for the past 20 years.
Biden’s official finally admitted that immigration laws are not being enforced: “We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”
Mayorkas adopted an empathetic tone with the agents and thanked them for their “heroic” efforts; he told them that he requested 2000 additional agents in the 2023 budget and revealed that there is a new approach at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to prevent NTRs (notice of removal) from not being filed in Immigration Court. He also said that the Biden administration was working hard to “keep Title 42” in place; a rule that came about in the Donald Trump administration.
Title 42 was implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which allows the removal of nearly all single adults and many families without giving them the opportunity to apply for asylum.
Also, according to Mayorkas, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pushing for more removal flights into the interior of Mexico so that migrants cannot return and do not reoffend in their attempts to enter the United States.
Mayorkas’ words come as a boomerang against the same Democratic administration that at the beginning of the administration prided itself on unraveling Trump’s hard-line immigration policies.
Mayorkas emphasized that many of those 212,000 detainees resulted in removals under Title 42 public health protections, with 95,788 removals. He also said that 27 % of the detainees had at least one previous encounter in the past 12 months.
Immigration crisis: “illegalize illegal entry”?
While Mayorkas talks about enforcing the law and “illegalizing” illegal migration, last August 2, journalist Melugin managed to record how large groups of migrants who recently entered the country headed to the central bus station in McAllen to go to the city of their choice: “Migrants are given bus tickets to go wherever they want,” he said.
He also assured that the massive releases occur throughout the day because the Border Patrol stations are completely “overwhelmed.”
In just four months the Biden-Harris administration released approximately 50,000 migrants who crossed the border illegally into the United States, and only 13 % have gone to the Immigration Office to proceed with their cases legally.
The Democratic administration would be leaving it up to the illegal migrants to decide whether or not to go to the offices to regularize their cases. A situation that highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. immigration system.
According to the media, the authorities are hoping that the released illegal migrants will decide to go to these offices to obtain work permits.