The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary said Tuesday (March 16) that the Biden administration plans to “open the door to immigration,” a statement that focuses on migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. He predicted that the scale of admission could reach as many as 1 million people a year.
In his latest statement, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, “There is an urgent need to restructure the U.S. asylum system. The immigration process needs to be improved for unaccompanied (illegal immigrant) children. We will also soon issue new rules to implement systemic reforms. The entire process for asylum applications, which previously could take years, may take only a few months after reform.”
Mayorkas is a lawyer who has previously been criticized for his views that “America is not a country for Americans” and “America is a country for immigrants.
“Immigration reform will not shake our values and principles as a nation,” Mayorkas said. “Our goal is to create a safe, legal, and orderly immigration system. A system that is based on our most basic priorities: securing our borders, addressing the plight of (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.'”
This week, the Biden Administration acknowledged that the U.S. border is now facing a “crisis,” with the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border soaring to 100,441 in February this year alone, approaching a new high of 144,116 in mid-2019. But Mayorkas’ statement seemed to imply that the authorities were not prepared to control the number of migrants.
U.S. media outlet Breitbart denounced that as homeland security secretary, Mayorkas tried to open the borders and let illegal immigrants flood into the United States, even helping those asylum seekers stay in the country when they had no experience of persecution and left their country simply because of reasons such as Family poverty and street violence.
After a video meeting with Biden on the morning of March 1, Mexican President Ovrador said, “Illegal immigrants see Biden as the immigration president, and many feel they can reach the United States (before heading to the border).”
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.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data shows that the number of illegal immigrants encountered while on duty by the Southwest Border Patrol crossing the border between October 2020 and January 2021 is 296,259, a 79.6 percent increase from 164,932 in the same period last year.