Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, with US Customs and Border Protection agents on Tuesday, just as 20 Republicans urged him to be impeached.
GOP lawmakers accused Mayorkas of not taking the border crisis seriously, with one lawmaker, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, accusing him of letting more than 1 million illegal immigrants into the country, never to be heard from again.
Despite the opposition, Mayorkas’ visit puts him one step ahead of President Biden, who has yet to visit the southern border.
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Earlier this month, Biden visited Arizona but did not plan to stop at the border because he said he had “more important things to do.”
The president made 59 trips to Delaware in the first two years of his four-year term.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Mayorkas said he was in El Paso and assessing operations while speaking with border patrol agents.
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As for what’s happening at the border, Jean-Pierre said CBP has deployed more agents to support mobile processing units along the border.
He also emphasized how important the border crisis is to the president, saying that from day one he pushed for a comprehensive immigration reform bill because “he understands how important it is.”
According to data released in September, fiscal year 2022 ended with 2,378,944 migrant encounters, the highest number on record for a fiscal year.
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Not included in the data were 599,000 “fugitives” who evaded capture during that period, CBP sources told Fox News.
As fiscal year 2023 begins, CBP sources told Fox News that there were about 64,000 “escapes” in October, an average of about 2,000 immigrants slipping past border patrols each day.
The Biden administration has insisted that the US-Mexico border is “closed.”
Although each spring sees an increase in migration at the southern border, the increase in 2021 and 2022 was much higher than in previous years, and the rate only increased throughout the year.