Mayorkas Stuns America by Defending Biden’s Border Plan

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( – On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the Biden administration’s timing with the new executive order to reduce illegal immigration and slammed Congress for dragging its feet. 

Mayorkas responded to ABC News “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz’s question about the White House waiting four months before taking action after the bipartisan border security deal had failed, pointing out that when one looks at the timeline President Biden had sent legislation to Congress on his first day in office. 

As he pointed out, Title 42, an emergency public health order implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, had remained in place until May 2023. He added that they had pushed forward regulations that restricted asylum and for Congress to pass the supplemental funding bill to provide the department with resources. However, he noted, that endeavor had failed.

Mayorkas also said that in October they had tried to press for congressional action and then started the hard work of bipartisan negotiations with Democratic and Republican senators. 

Last week, President Joe Biden announced new executive action that blocks asylum seekers from entering the country if the number of illegal border crossings between entry points reaches more than 2,500 encounters per day over a seven-day period. As that cap was hit immediately, the executive order was immediately implemented. 

President Biden also issued a proclamation noting a change under the Immigration and Nationality Act. 

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