August 8, 2022

Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the immigration coverage of President Joe Biden after the deaths of 53 migrants in Texas.

In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Mayorkas repeated the Biden administration’s coverage that recommends migrants not take the perilous journey north. Mayorkas additionally blamed “exploitative smugglers” for the deaths of these 53 migrants two hours north of the Mexico-U.S. border.

“Now we have mentioned repeatedly and we proceed to warn individuals to not take the harmful journey. We noticed so tragically in San Antonio, Texas, one of many potential tragic outcomes of that harmful journey and so many individuals do not even make it that far within the hand of exploitative smugglers,” he mentioned.

Mayorkas additionally mentioned that it was the administration’s accountability to uphold the U.S. legal guidelines which prohibit undocumented migrants from coming into the nation. Nonetheless, these fleeing typically determined conditions try the journey north, both to Mexico or the U.S. 

So, as a way to get to the U.S., individuals depend on smugglers typically part of “very refined transnational prison organizations,” Mayorkas mentioned.

“They’ve advanced within the final 30 years. Within the 90s I prosecuted them and so they have been far more rudimentary. Now, they’re very refined, utilizing expertise and so they’re terribly organized transnational prison enterprises,” he added.

Mayorkas additionally mentioned that regardless of the U.S. legal guidelines forbidding undocumented immigration, authorities rescued 10,000 individuals to date this yr. In comparability, 546 individuals, together with 46 youngsters, are lacking or useless because of tried border crossings this yr in accordance with the Lacking Migrants Challenge.

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There was a document of 1,248 lacking or useless undocumented immigrants in 2021.

Many criticize authorities, together with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for the remedy of migrants on the border. Could noticed document ranges of migrant apprehensions within the U.S.

Mayorkas mentioned latest enhancements helped authorities interdict “extra medicine on the ports of entry than ever earlier than” together with rescuing “extra migrants.”

“We’re seeing a problem that’s actually regional, hemispheric in scope, and we’re addressing it accordingly,” Mayorkas mentioned.

Just lately, the Supreme Court docket dominated that the Biden administration can roll again the “Stay in Mexico” coverage adopted underneath then-President Donald Trump. The coverage said that migrants needed to wait in Mexico whereas officers reviewed their circumstances. Mayorkas mentioned that the Biden administration is “happy” with the Supreme Court docket’s choice.

Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies earlier than the Home Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Safety on Capitol Hill on April 27, 2022 Picture: AFP / Stefani Reynolds

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