On Friday, Aug 13, through a press release, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey called for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas due to his handling of the U.S. southern border.
This call for his resignation was made a day after the audio leak of Mayorkas, in which he says the border crisis is unsustainable and “we’re going to lose.”
“A defeatist is not what we need when it comes to fighting for border security,” Ducey says in his statement.
For the governor, this point was reached because of the Biden administration’s failed border management that led to a record number of illegal immigrant encounters at the southern border in 21 years.
According to the leaked audio, Mayorka was well aware of what was happening at the southern border, as he is heard saying, “We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”
Below is Governor Ducey’s full statement:
Unlike Secretary Mayorkas, Arizonans understand that strong borders are essential to public safety and national security. The Biden-Harris administration’s record of failure on this issue has led to this moment. Through their words and their actions, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have signaled to the world that America’s southern border is wide open and unprotected.
We knew how bad the border crisis has gotten: 21-year record-breaking surges in illegal immigration. Law enforcement and humanitarian groups are at a breaking point. Young children enticed to make the dangerous journey to cross the southern border. Drugs flowing into our communities. Cartels essentially in control of vast swaths of territory south of the border. And now, Secretary Mayorkas has confirmed our worst fears.
Today we are seeing the truth of what’s playing out behind closed doors—what the federal government isn’t telling the American people. Chaos, dysfunction, and a defeatist attitude has infiltrated the highest level of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This administration has completely lost control of the border. And with his comments, Secretary Mayorkas demonstrated that he fully understands the catastrophe playing out at the border, and yet he lacks the skill, ability, and will to address it adequately.
The buck must stop somewhere. A defeatist is not what we need when it comes to fighting for border security. It is time for Secretary Mayorkas to resign and for him to be replaced with someone who will tell the American people the truth publicly, stand up to the radical activists inside the Biden-Harris administration, and once and for all end the crisis at the southern border. The safety of Arizona and our entire nation depends on it.
It should be noted that a state of emergency has been declared in Arizona since April of this year, and the state’s National Guard was sent to the southern border of Arizona.
It also convened the State Emergency Council in order to quickly fund the border security operation.
Last June, the fiscal year 2022 budget was approved and signed into law, which includes $55 million for actions to protect the state’s southern border.
That same month, Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked the rest of the states to send available law enforcement resources to the southern border to address the crisis.