The current crisis on the southern border of the United States has continued to intensify, and direct inquiries have shown the dysfunction at the highest levels of government, with fingers pointing to the chief of Homeland Security. Instead from addressing the issue, certain leaders are encouraging it, and we now know the goals of the person entrusted with supervising the situation at U.S. borders.
This month, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) proposed a new article of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing him of breaching his oath of office and refusing to implement lawfully enacted immigration laws. Fox News said that Biggs has frequently demanded Mayorkas’ removal from office, accusing him in 2021 of having “engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties as an Officer of the United States.”
With a record 2.3 million interactions with migrants entering illegally into the U.S. in fiscal year 2022 — and more than 251,000 in December alone — the impeachment movement has been revived since January, when Republicans won control of the House.
“Secretary Mayorkas has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of border security and immigration enforcement, at the expense of the Constitution and the security of the United States,” the article states, according to Fox News. “Secretary Mayorkas has violated, and continues to violate, this oath by failing to maintain operational control of the border and releasing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens into the interior of the United States.”
Then, in a recent interview, Mayorkas divulged his personal, failure-related sentiments.
In an interview with CNN anchor and former Fox News host Chris Wallace, the secretary claimed that the word “secure border” has several meanings.
“Our goal is to achieve operational control of the border, to do everything that we can to support our personnel with the resources, the technology, the policies that really advance the security of the border, and do not come at the cost of the values of our country,” he said to Wallace. “The law needs to be changed if it does not either meet our highest ideals or actually proves to be functional in the service of those ideals,” the secretary said, freely admitting he does not agree with laws and is intent on his own agenda.
When confronted with the fact that many Republicans have demanded he resign, he was defiant. “I’m not going to resign,” he said. “There’s a tremendous amount of work to do, and we are doing it and I’m incredibly proud to do it,” he said, Conservative Brief reported.
Wallace questioned Mayorkas why he would enforce pro-migration policies that harm American individuals and their families, and Mayorkas disclosed his personal goal based on his family history.
“My parents instilled in me the profound meaning of displacement, the yearning to give one’s children a better life than what the life one has had, [and] the fragility of life. And so I understand deeply the plight of individuals who will leave their homes, whether they flee persecution or aspire to a better life. We, in the United States, have tremendous pride in our country as a place of refuge. We are a nation of immigrants,” he said.
“My mother, given the tragedy that she lived through — her father lost everybody except the sister in the Holocaust — she understood that every day is a new life. The world did not have the privilege of recognizing the beauty of my parents. And through the work I do, I hope I can communicate that in some way,” he said.
Still trying to bring the issue back to the laws of entry to the U.S.“What does ‘secure’ mean to you?” Wallace asked.
“There is not a common definition of that,” the secretary said. “If one looks at [Congress’s 2006] statutory definition, the literal interpretation of the statutory language, if one person successfully evades law enforcement at the border, then we have breached the security of the border … Our goal is to achieve operational control of the border, to do everything that we can to support our personnel with the resources, the technology, the policies, that really advance the security of the border, and do not come at the cost of the values of our country. I say that because in the prior [Donald Trump] administration, policies were promulgated or passed that did not hew to the values that we hold dear.:”
“We, in the United States, have tremendous pride in our country as a country, a place of refuge. We are a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. Those laws provide for humanitarian relief for those who qualify. They also provide that individuals who do not qualify will be removed. That’s how we do our work at the Department of Homeland Security,” he said.
Mayorkas sounds more like an immigration law advocate than a leader responsible for border security.