Republican lawmakers criticize Homeland Security Secretary over border 2022-04-27 14:38:00


Republican Representative Michael McCaul of Texas disputed Mallorcas’ assertions that the US-Mexico border is well managed, saying the situation was “out of control.”

“I would say I’ve never seen the frontier any more,” McCaul said on Wednesday. “It is not under operational control. It is out of control.”

Earlier Wednesday, Mallorcas told lawmakers that the department had “effectively managed” the flow of migrants at the US-Mexico border with the resources at its disposal.

“We have inherited a broken and disjointed system that is already under pressure. It was not built to manage current levels and types of immigration flows. Only Congress can fix that,” Mayorkas said at the subcommittee on appropriations hearing.

“However, we have managed an unprecedented number of non-citizens seeking to enter the United States and more drugs have been banned and smuggling disrupted than ever before.”

Mayorcas testified Wednesday before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. On Thursday, he is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. The hearings are part of Mallorcas’ routine efforts to seek funding for his administration and for Congress to provide oversight.

Border authorities are facing increasing numbers of migrants at the US-Mexico border. In March, US Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 221,000 immigrants, according to agency data. Includes repeat crosshairs. While officials are aware of the strain on the system, Mallorcas confirmed that they are deploying additional resources to help with the flow.

The hearings come as the administration faces mounting criticism from Republicans and some Democrats over its approach to expiration A Trump-era pandemic restriction, known as Title 42, on the border between the United States and Mexico. This authority allows border officials to immediately return migrants to their countries of origin on the grounds of a public health emergency. The Biden administration announced in April that He was ending practice on May 23.

McCaul voiced many Republican Party concerns about the influx of immigrants at the US southern border, arguing that repealing Trump-era policies had contributed to the influx. McCaul cited the “Remain in Mexico” policy, a program launched under the Trump administration that requires non-Mexican immigrants to remain in Mexico until a US immigration court date.

“Don’t cancel what was working,” he said.

Republican Representative Clay Higgins of Louisiana echoed McCall’s assertion and targeted Mallorcas’ assertions that the border was “effectively managed.”

How do you define failure? Higgins said, adding later that Mallorcas would face an impeachment trial next year if the Republican Party takes control of Congress.

The Biden administration’s decision on Section 42 has also frustrated some in the president’s own party, with members calling for a delay and others calling for the administration to provide a more detailed strategy on how it plans to deal with a potential increase. In immigration as soon as the order is raised.

“We really need an immigration policy that we’re doing. And 42 shouldn’t be dumped until we have an immigration policy or until the CDC says we don’t have a health crisis. With a health crisis, we can’t take any more,” the West state senator said. Virginia Joe Manchin, a Democrat, said Tuesday: “The opportunity for people to come in undocumented and unchecked. And that’s it. It’s very simple.”

On Tuesday, Mallorcas sought to allay those concerns by hosting a call with members presenting his agency’s plan to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border.

Earlier in the week, a federal judge in Louisiana temporarily blocked the administration’s decision to terminate Title 42. A senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday that The administration complies when the court issues its order Meanwhile, it is preparing to end the restrictions.

According to a memo from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection has deployed 600 officers and agents to the US-Mexico border and is expanding its capacity to hold about 18,000 immigrants in custody, up from 13,000, among a host of other measures. . The administration, which began providing Covid-19 vaccines to immigrants earlier this year, is expanding sites to 24 to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by May 23.

The ministry added that it will manage the consequences for migrants who do not have asylum claims by deporting them, detaining unmarried adults when appropriate, in addition to expediting the procedures for adjudicating asylum applications.

This story and headline were updated with additional developments on Wednesday.