Border Crisis: Alejandro Mayorkas Predicts Migrant Surge Will Break 20-Year Record, Blames Trump Policies
Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cautioned that the variety of prohibited immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border might reach levels not seen in twenty years, in a Tuesday declaration on the emerging border crisis.
Mayorkas blamed the crisis on a confluence of hardship and violence in Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations, natural catastrophes consisting of November typhoons and the coronavirus pandemic, and the Trump administration’s policies. There are presently over 4,000 unaccompanied minors apprehended in Border Patrol centers, with another 9,000 in care of the Department of Health and Person Providers.
“The situation at the southwest border is difficult,” Mayorkas stated in his declaration. “We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years. We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children.”
Mayorkas kept in mind that increases of migrants have actually taken place in 2019, 2014, and in previous years.
“Poverty, high levels of violence, and corruption in Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries have propelled migration to our southwest border for years,” Mayorkas stated.
U.S. Customizeds and Border Defense has actually reported that over 100,000 migrants tried to cross the border in February, up 28 percent from the previous month and triple the variety of migrants in February 2019. Lots of migrants think that Biden will set up looser migration policies.
“Biden promised us that everything was going to change,” Gladys Oneida Pérez Cruz, a migrant from Honduras, informed The New York City Times on Sunday. “He hasn’t done it yet, but he is going to be a good president for migrants.” Pérez and her boy, who has spastic paralysis, were turned away from the U.S. after smugglers declared that the border was open.
Mayorkas likewise blamed the Trump administration for the crisis, stating it “completely dismantled the asylum system,” and “cut foreign aid funding to the Northern Triangle.” The Trump administration in truth brought back some help to those nations in 2019 after they accepted get prohibited immigrants expelled by the U.S.
Mayorkas’s declaration came a day after a delegation of Republican agents checked out the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas, and declared the president “created” the border crisis.
Biden “should talk to the border agents, and let them know that this is beyond a crisis,” Home Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) stated at an interview. “He can continue to deny it, but the only way to solve it is to first, admit what he has done.”
Republicans have actually mentioned Biden’s elimination of Trump administration policies, such as the “Remain in Mexico” guideline, as sustaining the crisis.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.