Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was faced with serious questions about the southern border of the United States when senators asked about the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Mayorkas said that he was going to put more pressure on United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport more migrants.
Mayorkas has been getting a lot of heat from Republicans because of the migrant crisis that began when President Joe Biden took office. But the problem has gotten worse over the past year and a half, as nobody in Biden’s administration seems to want to solve the problem.
It’s expected that 2 million migrants will cross the border in 2022 and use the excuse of “asylum” to try to stay in the U.S. Mayokas said that after the migrants are processed, they would be quickly removed. Based on previous encounters with massive waves of migrants, that’s unlikely to happen.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) disagreed with Mayorkas’ assessment that migrants were being deported quickly. Portman noted that there are currently 1.2 million people facing deportation while ICE removed just 59,000 migrants in 2021.
Republicans and Democrats are upset at Mayorkas and Biden because of the immigration problem, but for very different reasons. Republicans are on the side of deporting more people while Democrats are pressuring the Biden administration to stop deporting people altogether. In instances like these, you have to look at what’s best for the country and stop worrying about making either party happy.
Currently, the mass waves of migrants aren’t sustainable. As the government continues to go into debt while passing multi-trillion-dollar spending bills.