Homeland Security Secretary: Spike in Illegal Immigration After Biden Takes Office

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas signaled to illegal immigrants from South America at a White House press conference March 1 that there are no restrictions on illegal immigrants coming to the United States, but they can’t come now.

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Tuesday (March 16) that the number of immigrants entering the United States illegally through the southern border has surged in the first two months of President Joe Biden‘s presidency.

We will encounter more (illegal aliens) at the Southwest border than we have in the last 20 years,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. The pace of growth is still accelerating.”

Mayorkas, whose agency oversees Customs and Border Protection, immigration and customs enforcement, defended the Biden Administration‘s response to the U.S.-Mexico border crisis. Many believe this border crisis is intensifying.

Previously, White House officials and top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have said it was the policies of the previous administration that sparked the crisis. Republicans, meanwhile, have criticized President Biden’s move to repeal the Trump-era immigration order as effectively welcoming illegal immigrants.

Majokas added, “Understandably, the attention is currently focused on the Southwest border.” “The situation at the southwest border is difficult. We are working night and day to manage it, and we will continue to do so. That’s what we’re doing. We’re making progress and we’re executing our plan.”

Mayorkas avoided using the word “crisis,” despite calls for the government to use stronger descriptive terms.

Majokas added, “We also will not waver from our values and principles as a nation.” “Our goal is to have a safe, legal and orderly immigration system. A system that is based on our most basic priorities: securing our borders, addressing the plight of (illegal immigrant) children as required by law, and reuniting families. As the president noted in his executive order, ‘Securing our borders does not require us to ignore the humanity of those who seek to cross them. We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. It is one of our proudest traditions.”

In Donna, 500 miles south of Dallas, a U.S. Border Patrol tent facility holds more than 1,000 children and teenagers, some as young as 4 years old, who have entered the country illegally. Lawyers who inspected the immigration detention facility told The Associated Press that they interviewed children who said they were kept in overcrowded tents, some sleeping on the floor and others unable to shower for five days straight, according to a court settlement.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement Monday (March 15) claiming that the Biden administration’s “reckless and reckless open-door policy has contributed to a humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border.” “Biden’s policies are endangering the health and safety of Texans and putting children at risk from cartels and human traffickers.”