Fact-Checking DHS Chief’s Dishonest Statement on Border Crisis By Kelly -Mar 18, 2021By Chad Wolf / Mark Morgan / Lora Ries *Reproduced with permission. Original here.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas released a factually challenged and misleading statement Tuesday about the crisis on the border.
As specialists in immigration policy at The Heritage Foundation, we’re going to correct the record here on eight of Mayorkas’ erroneous claims in a comprehensive response. (The last name after each section identifies which of us responded.)
Claim No. 1:“The expulsion of single adults does not pose an operational challenge for the Border Patrol … ”
Rating: False. One wonders whether Mayorkas ran this line by the men and women of the Border Patrol before saying it publicly, because if he had, he would’ve been embarrassed to make such a claim. Our Border Patrol agents are apprehending 4,500 to 6,000 illegal aliens per day.
Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in 2019 that under the Obama administration, 1,000 apprehensions was a crisis. We are at six times this volume today, and to suggest that dealing with this massive increase is not an operational challenge for the Border Patrol is to deny not just reality, but basic math. (Morgan)
Claim No. 2:“We are expelling most … families.”
Rating: False. The Biden administration is not utilizing all of its authorities with regards to the surge of family units. The facts tell us that the administration is not expelling “most” families under Title 42, as it claims.