Because our borders aren’t open,” Mayorcas told Dana Bach on State of the Union. “What is happening now is either individuals are expelled under the authority of Title 42 or placed in immigration enforcement proceedings. They are fired if they do not have a valid claim under our law to remain.”
“So, just to clarify, if someone is watching this from another country, and thinking about coming over. Your message is?” Bash asked.
The secretary replied: “Don’t come.”
The secretary emphasized that the Biden administration is actively preparing for when that authority ends. “What we’ve been doing is preparing, we’ve been planning, and we’ve been doing it for months,” he said Sunday. “It’s our responsibility to be prepared for different scenarios and that’s what we’re doing.”
“We know where they are”
Mayorcas also confirmed Sunday that 42 people who were on a terrorist screening database were encountered at the US-Mexico border, and told Fox that the administration has “control of that.”
“We know the whereabouts of these 42 individuals on the TSDB, the terrorist screening database,” he said.
“Let me share with you what’s going on: They can be removed, they can be placed in custody for criminal trial, they can cooperate in a law enforcement investigation, and I don’t intend to make this data public if law enforcement is sensitive. But we know where these 42 are, and I didn’t want to Speak to the actions of each one of them.”
Asked if Americans should worry, Mayorkas said, “We have control over that,” referring to the entire US intelligence establishment, including the FBI.
CNN’s Donald Judd and Devan Cole contributed to this report.