Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas admitted Sunday that the majority of Haitian immigrants who have crossed into the south U.S. border in recent weeks have been allowed to return in the United States, and it could be that more be released in the coming days.
At present, about 12,400 people who are having their cases considered by immigration judges and another 5,000 are being vetted at the Department of Homeland Security. At present there are only 3,000 people detained.
On Sunday Mayorkas said in his official statement that “Approximately, I think it’s about ten thousand or so, twelve thousand,” when asked how many had previously been released. He also said that the amount could easily increase in the future as the 5,000 additional cases are processed.
“It could be even higher. The number that are returned could be even higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it,” Mayorkas declared.
The secretary stated that his Administration “will make determinations whether they will be returned to Haiti based on our public health and public interest authorities.”
Mayorkas stated that those who are granted release have restrictions imposed on them “are monitored by us,” and that authorities “ensure their appearance in court as the law requires.”
Host Chris Wallace noted that according to the Department of Justice 44% of those released fail to attend court. When asked if many of the thousands of people who are released recently are going to remain here in the U.S., Mayorkas insisted that the system is working.
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“We have enforcement guideline in place that provide the individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities and will be removed,” He said.
Wallace pointed out that there are currently 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally, but Mayorkas claimed that this is just proof that the process can be described as “broken” and in need of change.
It is reported that the Biden Administration has acknowledged that around 30000 Haitians entered Del Rio, Texas since September 9. Wallace asked the reason why they were not stopped and Maoyrkas responded with details about how the administration dealt with the situation in the aftermath.
“We surged our resources, we surged our personnel,” said the official.
Wallace was asked again why people weren’t stopped at the border, and also what the reason is for why U.S. does not have any physical barriers in place to stop this.
“We do not agree with the building of the wall,” Mayorkas declared. “The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions”
Mayorkas also had to answer questions on the story that border patrol officers used whips to beat migrantsafter a picture of an agent holding reins of his horse following a person near the border appeared to show him carrying whips.
Mayorkas claimed that the photos “painfully conjured up the worst elements of our nation’s ongoing battle against systemic racism,” but the photographer was able to explain that he’s “never seen them whip anyone.”
In spite of the information, and a denial from the leader of the National Border Patrol Council, Biden was president. Biden kept repeating the claim that agents were slapping people, and said “those people will pay.”
In the Sunday news, Mayorkas addressed the issue and stated that what happened “is the subject of an investigation” that “will be determined by the facts and nothing more.”