Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited US Customs and Border Protection agents on Tuesday at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, just as 20 House Republicans were lobbying to get him fired.
Republican lawmakers have accused Mayorkas of not taking the border crisis seriously, and one lawmaker, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, accused him of releasing more than 1 million illegal immigrants into the country, never to be found again. knew about him.
Despite the opposition, Mayorkas’s visit puts him one step ahead of President Biden, who has yet to visit the southern border.
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Earlier this month, Biden visited Arizona but had no plans to stop at the border because he said “bigger things are afoot.”
The president has made 59 trips to Delaware during the first two years of his four-year term.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Mayorkas was in El Paso assessing operations while speaking with border patrol workers.
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As for what has been happening at the border, Jean-Pierre said that CBP has deployed more agents to support mobile processing units along the border.
He also emphasized how important the border crisis was to the president, saying that from day one he introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill because “he understands how important this is.”
Fiscal year 2022 ended with 2,378,944 migrant encounters, according to data released in September, which was the highest ever recorded for a fiscal year.
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What is not included in the data was the 599,000 known “fugitives” that CBP sources told Fox News evaded capture during the same period.
As fiscal year 2023 progresses, CBP sources told Fox News there were approximately 64,000 “escapees” in October, which averages out to approximately 2,000 immigrants slipping past border patrols every day.
The Biden administration has insisted that the US-Mexico border is “closed.”
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While the southern border has seen a pattern of increases in migration each spring, the increases in both 2021 and 2022 far exceeded previous years, and that pace only intensified throughout the year.