EXCLUSIVE: Three top Trump-era Department of Homeland Security officials are calling on President Biden to dismiss Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the crisis at the southern border, accusing him of “reckless abandonment” of securing the border.
In a statement first obtained by Fox News, former deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, former acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan and former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan claim that Mayorkas has “abjectly failed” in his oath to defend and secure the U.S.
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“Instead, he has presided over a reckless abandonment of enforcing America’s immigration laws and securing our borders,” they wrote. “If President Biden has the best interests of the American people in mind, the path forward is clear: Return to the Rule of Law.”
“Mayorkas has shown that he is the wrong person to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Rather than providing the support and tools his agencies need to execute their fundamental missions, he has created an unmitigated crisis where both immigration enforcement and border security are almost non-existent,” the statement read.
Officials have been overwhelmed by a historic surge in migrants. More than 178,000 were encountered in April, with more than 13,000 unaccompanied children. Meanwhile, family units are being released into the interior, sometimes without court dates.
The Biden administration has blamed “root causes” in Central America like poverty, climate and violence for the surge in migration. Mayorkas has pointed to the once-packed Border Patrol facilities that have now been emptied – with child migrants instead being moved to Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities – as evidence of progress.
Mayorkas infuriated Republicans last week at a Senate hearing when he blamed the Trump administration for the crisis.
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“They did nothing to facilitate addressing the surge, what they did was they dismantled the tools tha
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