Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the claim on Tuesday that the border “is secure,” even as roughly 4 million illegal immigrants have crossed since President Biden took office.
Mayorkas made the eyebrow-raising comments during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum.
“Look, the border is secure,” he said. “We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.”
The Secretary’s comments might be something his failed disinformation board might have wanted to analyze a little further had they successfully implemented it.
“There is work to be done,” Mayorkas added before noting a secure border doesn’t necessarily imply a safe one.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists “the border is secure.”
Under Joe Biden, there have been record numbers of illegal crossings, terrorist sightings, and illicit drugs flooding over the border and into American communities. pic.twitter.com/w6e7Hh6uGs
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 20, 2022
Mayorkas Insists Border is Secure
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One doesn’t need to look at statistics to understand the border is not secure as Mayorkas suggests, though it certainly helps illustrate how absurd the comment is.
You could simply look at the fact that in San Antonio, Texas last month, 53 illegal immigrants were found dead after being trapped in a tractor-trailer that human smugglers abandoned on a dirt road.
In that scenario, things were neither safe nor secure, as the rig was driven across the border and ultimately led to the deadliest human smuggling incident in modern U.S. history.
Last week: A suspected drug dealer was arrested at the border with enough fentanyl to kill 12 million Americans.
This week: 53 illegal immigrants were found dead in a truck and Democrats are appropriating border funds to replant grass on the southern border.
Build the wall! pic.twitter.com/x6qas3eSee
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) June 29, 2022
Or you could follow Fox’s Bill Melugin, who chronicles the daily reality of the border – often posting videos of hundreds of people illegally crossing the border at a time:
BREAKING: One of the most massive single groups we have ever witnessed cross illegally at the border is crossing into Eagle Pass, TX right now. The line of people went so far into the trees it’s hard to get a count. Hundreds upon hundreds. Coyotes guiding them in water. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/ZjZIygarAv
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 13, 2022
Quite obviously, there is nothing ‘secure’ to speak of.
Worst June in DHS History
In regards to the numbers, they are simply staggering. The southern border has seen more than 200,000 illegal immigrant encounters a month in the last three months.
In June, more than 207,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, making it the highest number of apprehensions for that month in DHS history.
For perspective, that is a 310% increase from the average number of June apprehensions during the Trump administration. In June of 2020, the total number of apprehensions was just a shade over 33,000.
Want some more fun statistics on those June numbers?
- 15,271 unaccompanied children were apprehended.
- 83,176 illegal immigrants were apprehended from countries outside the Northern Triangle and Mexico, showing Biden’s border crisis is global.
- 56 people on the terror watchlist have been apprehended trying to enter the U.S. between ports of entry since the fiscal year began in October.
None of that seems safe – for the children, for those being smuggled, and for the American people – or secure.
Mayorkas: “We do not believe the policies of this administration have caused” the surge at the border.
SEN. JOHNSON: “You’re living in an alternate reality.”
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) May 4, 2022
Roughly 4,000,000 illegal immigrants have crossed the border since President Biden took office – a number that includes the nearly 3.2 million illegal immigrants apprehended by CBP and the nearly 800,000 ‘got aways‘ that various reports have noted escaped into the U.S. undetected.
One top Border Patrol union official estimates the ‘got away’ number to be as high as 1.2 million.
Perhaps the alternate reality Mayorkas resides in isn’t quite as extreme as that of White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who claimed after the deadly human smuggling tragedy in Texas, that the border isn’t just secure, it’s flat-out “closed.”
“The fact of the matter is the border is closed, which is in part why you see people trying to make this dangerous journey using smuggling networks,” she told reporters.
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: “The fact of the matter is the border is closed.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 28, 2022
That isn’t a ‘fact’ at all.
The border is so closed, apparently, that the driver of that tractor trailer simply drove the sea of humanity he had in the cargo area through a border checkpoint where he was cleared to proceed.
It’s become customary for Biden administration officials to simply state the opposite of reality regarding any crisis their boss, the President, has thrust upon America since taking office.
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