Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas: “The Border Is Closed…Do Not Come.”
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On Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 9:11 a.m., Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, defended Biden administration’s decision to not expel children arriving in the U.S. amid a surge of migrants along the southwestern border, saying “that’s not who we are.”
Mayorkas said, during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, that “the border is closed” and that “the U.S. is expelling families and adults, but will not turn back young, vulnerable children.” He also added that the Biden administration was working to develop new policies to address the problem with Mexico and Central American countries that are the source of the asylum seekers. The rapid increase of migrants trying to enter U.S. has become an urgent challenge for President Biden, only two months into his office. In February, U.S. border agents apprehended more than 100,000 migrants, a 28% increase from the previous month.
In the video published on March 21, 2021, “Full Mayorkas Interview: “We Are Rebuilding’ Immigration Process After Trump ‘Dismantled’ System“, below:
U.S. authorities continue to deport migrants to Mexico, many of them with families and small children, in the video published on March 21, 2021, “Secretary of Homeland Security urges migrants not to come to the US“, below:
President Joe Biden briefly commented on Sunday that a lot more can be done to ensure migrants will not travel to the border. He said, “We’re in the process of doing it now, including making sure that we reestablish what existed before, which was they can stay in place and make their case from their own country.”
During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing this week, Secretary Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas assured Representative Sheila Jackson Lee that the Biden administration is approaching the border in a humane and responsible manner, in the video published on March 20, 2021, “Alejandro Mayorkas: “The border is secure and the border is not open“, below:
Alejandro Mayorkas declined to tell Republican lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Wednesday whether he thought the situation at the U.S. southern border was a “crisis,” but said the country is on track to face the biggest surge of migrants in 20 years, in the video published on March 17, 2021, “Homeland Security chief spars with GOP lawmakers over surge of migrants at the border“, below:
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas would not give CNN’s Dana Bash a timeline on when the US will open new facilities capable of handling the surge of migrants at the US southern border, in the video published on March 21, 2021, “Bash pushes Mayorkas on timeline for suitable border facilities“, below:
Alejandro Mayorkas discusses the latest reports of dire conditions inside facilities housing migrant children near the southern border and how the White House plans to tackle the issue, in the video published on March 16, 2021, “Homeland Security Secretary speaks on growing border crisis, GMA“, below:
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