Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, said during a trip to El Paso that “no decision has been made” on how to handle the end of Title 42, as the city has seen 2,400 border crossings a day and released 900 people. the migrants will be out in two days.
During a two-day border tour, Mallorcas promised “a lot” to prevent a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, but offered few concrete details. According to the El Paso Times.
“There are a lot of discussions about different ideas and how to deal with the number of clashes we have at the border,” Mayorkas told the newspaper, before adding, “No decision has been made.”
His comments came as 20 Republican members of Congress called for Majorca’s impeachment when the GOP took control of the House in January.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who filed articles of impeachment against President Biden’s DHS chief last year, accused him of “letting more than 1 million illegal aliens into the country,” adding, “Many of these have been released illegal aliens are never heard from again.
Mayorkas has repeatedly refused to call the border situation a “crisis” and instead described the current situation as a “significant challenge”.
Asylum seekers found by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to have a potentially valid claim are allowed to remain in the country while it is processed — a process that can take years, with immigration courts facing a backlog of 1.9 million cases.
Most were deported under Title 42, a policy used by the Border Patrol to deport about 40 percent of all immigrants who cross the border illegally on health grounds. The judge is set to expire on Dec. 21, after which cities like El Paso expect another 2,000 people a day to move into their area.
Majorcans visited the Paseo Del Norte port of entry on Tuesday, where thousands of migrants, mostly Nicaraguans, are waiting in line to pass through border services less than two miles away.
A large group of more than 1,500 migrants crossed the river that separates Mexico from the United States and crossed into El Paso on Sunday night. After that, hundreds more come every day.
Asked what he had to say to those who say the border is out of control, Mayorkas acknowledged that the immigration system is broken. According to El Paso Matters.
“We see them surrendering to the Border Patrol to make their claims for humanitarian assistance, as our laws allow,” Mayorkas explained.
“This is a powerful illustration of why we need to reform our immigration system through legislation. Our asylum system is broken. In general, our immigration system is broken. It has not been updated or reformed in over 40 years.
“Border communities are asking for help” Representative Cuellar told Fox News. “We have to change something. If everything is fine or if the border is secure, acting as if it is not secured, we have to do something.
The border has seen a historic high number of immigrants since President Joe Biden took office, including more than 2.4 million in the last fiscal year.