Sen. Mitt Romney R-Utah, ripped into Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas for his indifference in answering lawmakers’ questions about solving the worsening crisis at the U.S. Southern border, reported the Washington Examiner.
Romney said in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Thursday, while pointing to border statistics on nearby poster boards, “What I find astonishing, Mr. Chairman, is that we have the secretary responsible for securing our border and our immigration system who doesn’t recognize these charts as being a problem. And there are human beings behind these numbers. And (he) is not saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got to make some changes immediately.’ I find that extraordinary and extremely damning,”
Mayorkas testified that operations at the border were manageable even as the Biden administration has requested thousands of volunteers to assist DHS from non-law-enforcement agencies and has opened more than a dozen emergency facilities nationwide to hold migrant children before they are resettled in the U.S. Romney took issue with the secretary’s testimony in earlier exchanges and called Mayorkas’ stance “stunning,” reported the Washington Examiner.
Biden rescinded many Trump-era border policies that deterred illegal migration.
In April, more than 178,000 people attempted to cross illegally from Mexico into the United States between ports of entry or were denied admission at border crossings. The number is the highest monthly rate in 21 years and has more than doubled since Biden took office in January, reported the Washington Examiner.
“Is this not a massive failure that would suggest that the administration needs to take immediate action to remedy what we’re seeing here?” Romney asked. Mayorkas responded by alluding that the administration had taken immediate action resettling children who show up at the border in the U.S.
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