Alejandro Mayorkas on Immigration
MAYORKAS: We have seen large numbers of individuals encountered at our border making a claim for asylum, for humanitarian relief, which is a statute. That's what the law provides. We are certainly seeing a large number here in this year, but in 2019, we saw a large number. In 2014, in 2010. This is nothing new. It spans many, many years. It spans different administrations of both parties, and it speaks to the need for legislative reform.
Q: Why didn't you build a wall or a fence to stop them?
MAYORKAS: We do not agree with the building of the wall. The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions.
Gov. Greg ABBOTT: Listen, Secretary Mayorkas and even President Biden are in dereliction of duty. The US Constitution itself requires that the president and secure the sovereignty of the USA, and the Biden administration has abandoned any pretense of securing the sovereignty.
MAYORKAS: This is nothing new. We've seen this type of irregular migration many, many times throughout the years. I don't know if Governor Abbott said the same thing in 2019 when there were more than a million people encountered at the southern border.
We are restarting and expanding the Central American Minors program. It creates a lawful pathway for children to come to the United States without having to take the dangerous journey. Under this expansion, children will be processed in their home countries and brought to the United States in a safe and orderly way.
It's critical that Congress build on these actions by passing the legislation proposed by President Biden to modernize our immigration system, responsibly manage our border, and create an earned path to citizenship.
Mayorkas has stated that he wants to expand DACA by softening eligibility requirements.
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