“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace called DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ bluff on the issue of the“flood” of migrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. During an interview Mayorkas once again deflected blame onto the previous administration, arguing that illegal immigration was a problem for the previous administration not just President Joe Biden’s administration.
Wallace pushed back, citing the numbers, which have gotten worse since Biden took office.
“Removal proceedings, including asylum cases, can take anywhere from six months to several years, and 44%, according to the Department of Justice, 44% of those who are released into custody – from custody – miss their court hearings,” Wallace began, asking Mayorkas to address the question of what would happen to those migrants who were given a court date and then released into the United States.
“Just as a matter of reality, won’t many of those thousands of people end up settling here in the United States, some of them permanently?” he asked.
“Chris, we have enforcement guidelines in place that provide that individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities, and will be removed,” Mayorkas replied.
Mayorkas’s argument only proves that the immigration system was broken and in need of legislative reform. Wallace then turned to the situation in Del Rio, Texas where thousands of migrants had easily crossed from Mexico into Texas where they then set up camp under a bridge.
“Hasn’t this administration created a magnet?” Wallace asked, pressing Mayorkas on Biden’s immigration policies. “Haven’t you given them a reason to believe there’s a reasonable chance if they come into this country, they will end up being released into the country and have months or perhaps years to stay here?”
Mayorkas continued deflecting blame onto the previous administration saying that there had been comparable surges at the border in 2019 and even prior to that.
Wallace pressed Mayorkas asking again, “My question is why did you allow them in the country in the first place? Why didn’t you build, forgive me, a wall or a fence to stop them from walking – the flood of people coming across the dam, it looks like a highway that allows them to cross the Rio Grande.”
“It is the policy of this administration, we do not agree with the building of the wall,” Mayorkas maintained adding that allowing people to make their claims for humanitarian relief was“one of our proudest traditions.”