DHS Chief: Border Numbers on Track to Be Highest in 20 Years
'The situation at the southwest border is difficult,' Alejandro Mayorkas says
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the number of migrants coming through the border is on track to be the highest number in 20 years.
But Mayorkas defended Joe Biden's approach saying it was a 'difficult.'
"The situation at the southwest border is difficult," Mayorkas said in a lengthy statement.
"We are working around the clock to manage it, and we will continue to do so."
"That is our job. We are making progress, and we are executing on our plan.
"It will take time, and we will not waver in our commitment to succeed."
"We will also not waver in our values and our principles as a nation," he said.
"Our goal is a safe, legal, and orderly immigration system that is based on our bedrock priorities: to keep our borders secure, address the plight of children as the law requires, and enable families to be together."
His remarks come days after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it had encountered more than 100,000 migrants in February.
Mayorkas said the U.S. had not seen these kinds of numbers in decades.
"We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years," he said.
Neon Nettle reported that Migrants flooding the Border say Biden "encouraged" them to attempt to make illegal crossings.
Immigrants hoping to enter the U.S. illegally are reportedly telling reporters that Biden "promised" them they would get free entry at the border.
One woman, Gladys Oneida Pérez Cruz, told The New York Times that she traveled with her son to the border because of Biden's pro-migrant promises.
“Biden promised us that everything was going to change,” she told the Times.
“He hasn’t done it yet, but he is going to be a good president for migrants.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki later suggested that President Donald Trump is to blame for the current Joe Biden-policy-inspired crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"We are trying to work through what was a dismantled and unprepared system because of the role of the last administration,” Psaki said.
"It’s going to take some time, but we are very clear-eyed about what the problems are and very focused on putting forward solutions.”