Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas even said last week that the southern border is “secure.”
With scant evidence or justification, he’s been repeating that “secure” line since assuming his post in February 2021.
“Look, the border is secure,” he said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on July 19. “We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.”
That’s quite a remarkable statement from the homeland security secretary. Almost none of it is true, except for the “historic” part.
Of course, Mayorkas followed up his assurance that all is well with a predictable call for “comprehensive immigration reform” that Democrats have been selling for generations.
“I have said to a number of legislators who expressed to me that we need to address the challenge at the border before they pass legislation, and I take issue with the math of holding the solution hostage until the problem is resolved,” Mayorkas said.
“There is work to be done,” he said, before adding that “safe and secure are two different words.”
Since President Joe Biden took office just over 18 months ago, there has been a historic surge of illegal immigration across the southern border. It’s been decades since we’ve seen anything like it.
In fiscal 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 1.7 million border encounters. It was the highest number ever recorded, but fiscal year 2022’s numbers are already higher. More than 2 million people have been encountered at the border through June. And the fiscal year doesn’t end until Sept. 30.
On top of those detained are the hundreds of thousands of “got-aways” who have evaded Border Patrol, according to a Fox News report.
By Jarrett Stepman
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