Josh Hawley Calls for DHS Chief Mayorkas to Resign Over Record Breaking Illegal Immigration
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign as President Joe Biden’s administration set a new record for illegal immigration to the United States.
As Breitbart News reported this week, nearly two million border crossers and illegal aliens have been apprehended by the Border Patrol since October 2021 — a record for illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border, a month before the end of the 2022 fiscal year.
This figure does not include the potentially tens of thousands of illegal aliens who have successfully crossed the southern border, undetected by the Border Patrol, each month over the past year and a half. A recent analysis found that nearly five million border crossers and illegal aliens have arrived at the border since Biden took office.
Hawley, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the a letter Wednesday that called for mayors to resign amid news of record-breaking illegal immigration:
I write with caution over the record-setting levels of illegal immigration in our country. According to your own category statistics, Customs and Border Protection agents have now encountered more than 2 million illegal immigrants crossing our southern border this fiscal year. That’s significantly higher than last year’s record 1.7 million encounters, and the year isn’t over yet. This number represents a more than four-fold increase in illegal immigration over the 2020 fiscal year. And this is just the official statistics, which fail to catch many of the accused who evaded detection. After two years on the job, you have demonstrated that you have no intention of enforcing our immigration laws. [Emphasis added]
Abdicating your complete responsibility to secure the border has consequences. As a result, a record 78 people entered our country’s terror watch list this year alone. And that’s all we know. [Emphasis added]
Sadly, I think you do. This was the predictable result of your open border policy. Your willful disregard for our nation’s immigration laws disqualifies you for office. You should resign. [Emphasis added]
Record-breaking illegal immigration this fiscal year also comes as Biden vastly expands his catch-and-release campaign to release more than a million border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities from February 2021 to May 2022.
A DHS Inspector General (IG) Report This week revealed that the Biden administration is releasing border crossers and illegal aliens into the American community without giving them tracking numbers known as “A-numbers.” The DHS IG report states:
We found that the Border Patrol did not issue A-numbers to 107 of the 384 immigrants, most of whom were paroled into the country or issued notices to report. Agents did not always assign A-numbers because they were trying to expedite processing and move immigrants out of Border Patrol facilities beyond capacity,” the DHS IG report said:
Additionally, the Border Patrol does not always maintain alien files on immigrants. border post and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Of the 384 immigrant files requested, 80 could not be provided because they were either lost, disposed of or in transit.. The Border Patrol disposed of the files because they did not have A-numbers and were unaware of record retention requirements. [Emphasis added]
The Biden administration has yet to release the number of border crossers and DHS released to American communities from June to August 2022.
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