Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas flat lied at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Security Forum, Tuesday and lawmakers are PISSED. Some are calling for Mayorkas to resign or face impeachment.
It all began when the Aspen host asked the DHS Secretary if the US borders were ‘safe’ and secure:
“The border is secure. We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge. I have said to a number of legislators who have expressed to me that we need to address the challenge at the border before they pass legislation and I take issue with the math of holding the solution hostage until the problem is resolved,” Mayorkas said.
The southern border has seen record numbers of migrants crossing into the country illegally. The number of migrants encountered in the fiscal year 2022 has already surpassed the 1,734,686 encountered in the fiscal year 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics.
“There is work to be done. Safe and secure are two different words. There are smugglers that operate on the Mexican side of the border and placing one’s life in their hands is not safe,” he added.
Several Republican lawmakers and former federal officials have said Mayorkas is peddling a lie as the border experiences large influxes of illegal migrants.
“This is one of the biggest lies of the Biden Administration,” Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
“Secretary Mayorkas had the nerve to claim the border ‘is secure’ last night, while last month saw a historic 207,416 migrant encounters and 6 individuals on the terrorist watchlist,” Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday.
Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney went so far as calling for Mayorkas to “resign or be impeached.”
Co-chair of the House Border Security Caucus Brian Babin pledged to hold Mayorkas accountable for his “lies, obfuscation and deceit” when Republicans take back the majority in Congress.