The Biden administration’s immigration policies are an unmitigated disaster and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas struggled to defend them before Congress in a heated hearing where he was raked over the coals by Republican lawmakers.
During the Wednesday House Judiciary Committee hearing, the embattled Mayorkas was mauled by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) who called the top border control official on the carpet during a heated back and forth in which he accused him of “doing the bidding” of the drug cartels and savaged him over the administration’s controversial CBP One App which has been called a “concierge” service for migrants by some Republicans.
The Florida Republican blistered the smirking, evasive bureaucrat who refused to be pinned down on giving an answer on the number of illegal aliens who have been sent back to where they came from.
“The Mexican government is captive to the cartels. They are doing the bidding of the cartels, and based on your response today, so are you!” pic.twitter.com/iPUlwLOzg5
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 26, 2023
“I’m asking about a subset that you won’t send home, and the reason that you’re smirking about it and the reason you won’t answer my question is because everybody gets the joke and the sad thing is it’s not just us here, it’s the cartels who get the joke too,” the congressman said. “And so now what you’ve done to execute this Mayorkas doctrine, where so long as you don’t commit a crime, you get to stay here and burden our hospitals, burden our schools, burden our social services, burden our jails, you’ve sent the message to the cartels and then have taken this app and you’ve digitized illegal immigration, and you’ve scaled it to the moon.”
“Like, this app that you’ve got everybody downloading is like the Disney FastPass into the country, never to be subject to actual removal, just removal proceedings, as you call them. That app doesn’t do any search of their criminal history in their home country, doesn’t it?” Gaetz asked.
“Congressman, I disagree with everything you have said,” responded Mayorkas.
“You can disagree all you want, but what you won’t provide is any number,” Gaetz later said. “When you sit there and just kind of ostensibly disagree without any facts, it shows people what the real gig is. The Mexican government is captive to the cartels. They are doing the bidding of the cartels, and based on your response today, so are you.”
“Customs and Border Protection says it is allowing 1,450 migrants a day into the U.S. each day via CBP One – a mobile application that was expanded earlier this year to allow migrants to upload data and make appointments at ports of entry to be processed into the U.S.,” Fox News reported.
(Video: YouTube/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
“CBP is expanding the number of available appointments at ports of entry for the second time in less than two months, through scheduling enhancements and operational efficiencies,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement. “By utilizing innovative technologies like CBP One™, we are improving the delivery of our homeland security mission and providing for safe and efficient processes at ports of entry.”
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