In a truly alarming development this weekend, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded that at least 12,000 migrants from Haiti, who had amassed in a Texas border town in recent weeks, have in fact already been released into the nation’s interior, with more potentially yet to come, as the New York Post reports.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Mayorkas was asked for a rough total of the number of arrivals from Haiti who have made their way into the country, and he responded by saying, “Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” adding that as additional cases are adjudicated and processed, that tally could yet increase.
“It could be even higher. The number that are returned could be even higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it,” Mayorkas explained, saying that administration officials “will make determinations whether they will be returned to Haiti based on our public health and public interest authorities.”
Program host Chris Wallace attempted to get a straight answer from Mayorkas on just how many of the Haitians already released into the interior are likely to remain permanently, given that a Department of Justice estimate indicates that around 44% of those already freed will fail to appear for immigration court dates.
Wallace also questioned why the Biden administration failed to halt the entry of the migrants when the initially began appearing near Del Rio early in the month, particularly wondering why a “wall or a fence” was not built to prevent the surge that ultimately materialized.
Mayorkas replied, “It is the policy of this administration: we do not agree with the building of the wall. The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions.”
It did not take long for Republican lawmakers and leaders to make their dissatisfaction with his answers to these and other questions widely known, with Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) tweeting, “Why hasn’t Mayorkas been FIRED?” as the Daily Mail noted.
Emphasizing the dangerous disconnect about the administration’s concerns about unvaccinated American citizens spreading COVID-19 and its willingness to usher in thousands of untested, unvetted migrants with a wink and a nod, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the “Bizarro-world Biden rules” in which U.S. workers are told “get the vaccine or your fired,” but when it comes to “illegal immigrants,” it’s “no testing, no vaccines & being sent to every community in America!”
In perhaps the most biting critique of the crisis that is impacting his home state in an especially devastating way, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out on Sunday that President Joe Biden’s conduct represents a “dereliction of duty” and that his administration has “sent a message and a signal to the entire world that they are not going to secure the border, they’re going to allow them across.”