DHS Secretary: ‘The Border Is, in Fact, Not Open’

Migrant families wait on the shore of the Rio Grande to board rafts to cross the US-Mexico border into the United States in Tamaulipas, Mexico, as seen from Roma, Texas. (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)

Migrant families wait on the shore of the Rio Grande to board rafts to cross the US-Mexico border into the United States in Tamaulipas, Mexico, as seen from Roma, Texas. (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – « Mr. Secretary, are you testifying as you sit here today that the southwest border is secure? » Rep. Michael Guest (R-Miss.) asked Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday.

« Yes, I am, » Mayorkas said. « And we are continuing to work to make it more secure. »

Illegal immigration is breaking records under President Joe Biden, but Mayorkas cast doubt on the numbers:

« And if I can correct one thing about the statistics you are using and also mention one important factor. Number one, please understand that under Title 42, a Title 42 expulsion is not a formal removal under immigration law under Title eight of the United States Code.

« And what happens under Title 42 is because it is an expulsion and not a formal removal, we’re seeing a great deal of recidivism. So the same individual will try again to enter the United States.

“And so the number of encounters is different than the number of unique individuals seeking entry into the United States between the ports of entry. Number one. So the encounters does not equal the number of unique individuals.

« Number two, the transnational criminal organizations, the smuggling networks are spreading misinformation to vulnerable migrants that the border is open. And the reality is the fact of the matter is that individuals who are encountered at the border make claims for relief under our asylum laws. That is what our law provides.

« Those whose claims succeed in immigration enforcement proceedings have established a basis to remain in the United States. Those who do not are removed from the United States, and therefore, the border is in fact not open. »

‘The wall is not the right solution for the border’

« Explain why a wall will not solve the problem at the border, please? » Rep. Al Green (R-Texas) asked Secretary Mayorkas on Wednesday.

« Congressman, we have — we have observed individuals bypassing the wall, intruding beyond it, cutting it, climbing over it, and like the border requires a layered solution to its security, » Mayorkas said:

“The greatest force multiplier there is — is technology. And that is why we in our fiscal year 2023 budget are requesting that Congress allow us to invest further in technology.

« We are also seeking to resource our Border Patrol agents. We make for the first time since 2011 a request to increase our Border Patrol forces by 300 personnel, not to mention additional case processors in the like, so that we can get our Border Patrol agents out into the field.

“The fact of the matter is that the border is not the right solution — I’m sorry, the wall is not the right solution for the board — for the border.

« We have to harness innovation and technology as the most economic efficient means as a force multiplier to our extraordinary personnel. »

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