“The southern border is closed.” So has said Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas early and often to reporters and members of Congress confronting him with the stark reality that migrants are pouring across the border in unprecedented numbers.
Mayorkas has strayed from the party line on occasion, such as in March when he asked “DHS staff to volunteer to help deal with what he conceded was an ‘overwhelming’ number of migrants at the border, as the administration scrambles to deal with the escalating crisis.”
But most of the time since his appointment as DHS chief, Mayorkas has been the consummate “yes man,” repeating the Biden administration narrative like a mantra.
But now he has been caught telling the painful truth. An audio of him talking with border agents was leaked last Friday, and in it Mayorkas can be heard clearly telling them:
This is unsustainable. These numbers cannot continue. … We can’t continue like this. Our people in the field can’t continue, and our system isn’t built for it. I know very well, hearing from Chief Hastings and Chief Ortiz and others how close we came to breaking — how close you came to breaking here in this sector — and it’s our responsibility to make sure that never happens again, we don’t get that close again.
On Thursday, Mayorkas reported that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had intercepted more than 212,000 migrants along the U.S. border with Mexico in July — a record 21-year high.
The dire situation on the border, which Joe Biden and his “border czar” Kamala Harris, have given indifferent attention to, is finally cutting into his overall approval rating. In June, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 51% of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing on immigration, with only 33% giving him a thumbs up. It would be interesting to know if the president now is willing to concede that he’s got a crisis on his hands.