Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is calling on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign as President Joe Biden’s administration has set a new record for illegal immigration into the United States.
As Breitbart News reported this week, the Border Patrol has apprehended roughly two million border crossers and illegal aliens since October 2021 — a record for illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border for a month through the end of fiscal year 2022.
That figure does not include the likely hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have successfully crossed the southern border, undetected by the Border Patrol, each month for the past year and a half. A recent analysis found that about 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 a letter on Wednesday calling for Mayorkas to resign amid news of record illegal immigration:
I am writing with alarm at the record level of illegal immigration into our country. According to your department’s statistics, Customs and Border Protection agents have so far encountered more than 2 million illegal immigrants who have crossed our southern border this fiscal year. This is significantly more than last year’s record 1.7 million encounters, and the year is not even over yet. This number represents a more than four-fold increase in illegal immigration compared to fiscal year 2020. And these are only the official statistics, which fail to capture the many fugitives who have evaded detection. After two years on the job, you have shown that you have no intention of enforcing our immigration laws. [Emphasis added]
Your complete disclaimer of border security has consequences. This led to the fact that this year alone, a record 78 people entered our country on the terrorist watch list. And those are just the ones we know about. [Emphasis added]
Unfortunately, I think you know. This was the predictable result of your open borders policy. Your willful disregard for our country’s immigration laws makes you unfit to remain in office. You should resign. [Emphasis added]
This fiscal year’s record illegal immigration also comes as Biden greatly expanded his catch-and-release operation to release more than a million border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities from February 2021 to May 2022.
DHS Inspector General (IG) report this week reveals that the Biden administration is letting border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities without issuing 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 migrants, 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 migrants out of Border Patrol facilities that were overrun,” according to the DHS IG report:
In addition, the Border Patrol did not always maintain migrant files on foreigners. Border Patrol and US Citizenship and Immigration Services could not deliver 80 of the requested 384 migrant files because they were either lost, taken care of or in transit. Border Patrol removed the files because they did not have A-numbers and were not familiar with record-keeping requirements. [Emphasis added]
The Biden administration has yet to disclose the number of border crossers and illegal aliens DHS released into American communities between June and August 2022.
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