Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited the Texas border on Thursday, August 12, and met privately with Border Patrol agents. In a leaked audio, he is heard stating, among other things, that the border crisis is “unsustainable” and that “we are going to lose.”
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin reportedly obtained from a Border Patrol source a controversial audio in which Mayorkas is heard saying clearly that “A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable.”
And then he goes on to say, “we can’t continue like this, our people in the field cant continue and our system isn’t built for it.”
From the Democratic official’s remarks, it is understood that the federal government’s system was not designed to handle an influx of migrants like the one the United States has seen in recent months. At the same time, Mayorkas admits that he was well aware that the system was on the verge of “breaking down” recently.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that that never happens again,” Mayorkas said of the critical situation.
The latest data released by immigration authorities indicate that border agents had to deal with more than 212,000 migrant encounters in July, an increase of 13% over the previous month.
Criticism of the Biden administration’s immigration policies has only intensified following the entry of alleged new variants of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus. The situation has also dealt a heavy blow to the image of Vice President Kamala Harris, who was assigned to take charge of the immigration issue in March and so far has shown no signs of following a real plan to address the crisis.
Many border agents have spoken out against the federal government for the chaotic situation since the crisis began, blaming the administration’s leftist open border policies as the main culprit.
One agent surprised Mayorkas when he rebuked him by saying, “For those of us who have been around here long enough, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”
The Homeland Security secretary, opting to maintain an empathetic tone with the agents, thanked them for their “heroic” efforts. And he announced that he has requested, in the 2023 budget, at least 2,000 additional agents to assist in border tasks.
The latter will undoubtedly generate internal conflicts with the most radical wing of the Democrats, among which are the representatives of the “Squadron” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, progressives who have always been in favor of defunding the departments destined to control the migratory flow.
The governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, has been warning for months about the chaotic situation on the border with Mexico and blaming federal policies for the situation. In this context, during an interview with Newsmax in June, he was decisive in stating that the Biden administration “is completely ignoring the crisis on the border, and that’s why, as governor, I have to step up and do the job of the federal government.”
Among the measures adopted, Abbott announced continuing the work on the border wall initiated by former President Trump and suspended under the new president. He sent state troops to the border areas to collaborate with border guards working with limited resources.