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During an appearance on Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas downplayed what has been panned as a lackluster effort by the Biden administration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mayorkas told anchor Martha Raddatz he thought the Biden administration was doing a “good job.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Partial transcript as follows:
RADDATZ: What is the plan on the border? You really do have migrants flooding that area. The peak was during the Trump administration, May of 2019, at 144,000 crossings. In May of this year, you hit 240,000 crossings. You may be telling people to stay away, but they keep coming.
“For the first time since 2011, the president’s fiscal year 2023 budget calls for 300 more Border Patrol agents. And we are hiring case processers. We are addressing this issue vigorously and aggressively, to address the amount of — the number of encounters that we are experiencing at the southern border,” Mayorkas said.
“Just a simple question: Do you think it’s working?” Raddatz asked.
“I think that we are doing a good job,” Mayorkas replied. “We need to do better. We are focused on doing more, and we are doing it with our partners to the south. This is a — this is a phenomena that not only the United States is experiencing. Colombia now has more than 2 million Venezuelans within its borders. Costa Rica has indicated that 2% of its population is Nicaraguan, and that might rise to 5%.”
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Biden’s border crisis: “I think that we are doing a good job” pic.twitter.com/IOzM5dZW45
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 3, 2022
“The migration that is occurring throughout the hemisphere is reflective of the economic downturn,” DHS Sec. Mayorkas says.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 3, 2022
A good job for who? Maybe for the smugglers making billions from your open borders…
— Bob Price (@BobPriceBBTX) July 3, 2022
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