Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with Border Patrol agents in Texas, reportedly saying “we’re going to lose” the border crisis in an audio recording leaked on Friday.
“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,” Mayorkas said, according to audio reportedly obtained by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin.
Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the border crisis in leaked audio:
“This is unsustainable. These numbers cannot continue.” pic.twitter.com/60sQDuApWl
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 13, 2021
“We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it,” he added.
“In July there were over 212,000 illegal immigrants who came into the country (and that’s not counting the ‘got-aways’ / only God knows how many we missed),” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted.
“The men and women of the Border Patrol are heroes who are being asked to do the impossible.”
In July there were over 212,000 illegal immigrants who came into the country (and that’s not counting the “got-aways” / only God knows how many we missed).
The men and women of the Border Patrol are heroes who are being asked to do the impossible.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 12, 2021
The leaked audio comes as it was reported authorities made 212,672 apprehensions at the southern border in July. The number marks a 13 percent increase over June and a 21-year high for a single-month total, according to U.S. News & World Report.