It almost reads like a headline from the satire site, The Babylon Bee, huh?
With nearly 2.5 million — and counting — Border Patrol encounters with illegal aliens since Joe Biden moved into the Oval Office, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday declared during an appearance on equally-delusional MSNBC that he and the administration are taking a proactive approach to “enforce the law” along the U.S.-Mexico border. Demonstrably false, many times over.
It was clear from the outset that Mayorkas was going to receive a free pass (MSNBC, #duh) from host José Díaz-Balart, who promptly blamed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in part, for the Biden Border Crisis™.
As transcribed by Breitbart, Díaz-Balart asked Mayorkas to explain what the administration is doing to stop the influx of illegal aliens into the United States.
Secretary, I’m here in El Paso, where about 2,000 people are arriving every day. This fiscal year, we’re looking at roughly 2.4 million apprehensions. Countless others are crossing and not being apprehended. Secretary, what is the United States’ border policy?
With that set-up, Mayorkas immediately began to lie.
Well, we are doing so much, Jose. You know what our policy is? Our policy is to enforce the law. And that is indeed what we are doing. Individuals who arrive at our border who do not have a legal basis to remain in the United States are being removed.
And those that do have a valid basis under the laws that Congress has passed are able to stay, as the law provides. That is our policy, to enforce immigration law.
That “legal basis” is seeking asylum, the game many illegals are coached to play before they take a single step to the north. Moreover, those who are allowed to remain in the U.S. are processed and given a future date to appear for a court hearing — as the debate about how many actually show up continues.
Mayorkas continued lying:
At the same time, we continue to urge Congress to pass immigration reform, because one thing that everyone agrees upon, in an area where there’s very little agreement, the area of immigration, is that our system is broken and it is in dire and desperate need of reform.
This is the Democrats’ top straw-dog argument. Because the system is “broken,” Biden has no choice in the meantime, other than allowing hundreds of thousands of illegals to continue streaming across the virtually-open border — along with millions of doses of deadly fentanyl.
The choice is a false one, while people continue to die.
Diaz-Balart reinforced Mayorkas’ lie, before momentarily assuming the role of a legitimate journalist and presenting the DHS secretary with inconvenient truths about the state of the southern border:
And so, the issue of immigration reform is clearly a priority, which has not, until this moment, been done in Washington. But I take you back to the border, Secretary. And you have been at the border countless times.
Towns all along the 1,800-mile Mexico-U.S. border are dealing with a humanitarian crisis. What do you tell local officials in these towns?
El Paso is spending $300,000 a day in dealing with the crisis. It’s a humanitarian crisis. What do, Secretary, you tell towns all across these 1,800 miles of border?
Mayorkas, of course, was ready.
Jose, I say a number of things. Number one, we have surged resources to the border. We have 23,000 personnel dedicated there. The president has, for the first time since 2011, the first president to do so in about 11 years, plussed up, increased the number of Border Patrol agents. That is reflected in his fiscal year 2023 budget.
And one other important thing that I’d say, among a number of others, is, work with us. Coordinate. We work in close partnership with local communities to bring order, to bring safety and bring humanity to the situation.
I know you’re in El Paso. We work very closely with Oscar Leeser, the mayor of El Paso. We reimburse the city for expenses through our emergency food and shelter program. When we work in coordination with one another, we address the situation ably and effectively.
When a governor acts unilaterally and refuses to coordinate with other government officials, that is when problems arise. And that is when we deplore political statesmanship, when we’re dealing with the lives of vulnerable individuals who are reflective of a challenge that our entire hemisphere faces.
So it’s Greg Abbott’s fault, in effect, for saying “Texas is mad as hell and we’re not going to take it, anymore,” and working at the state level to enforce illegal immigration laws and shore up his state’s southern border.
Sounds totally legit, Mr. Secretary. Now, do Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Numbers don’t lie, Mr. Secretary. Unlike you and the apparent majority of the Joe Biden administration.