Mayorkas Promotes Liberal Narrative Over Law

Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fell back on the old “nation of immigrants” cliche to justify the administration’s open border policies. This, he explained, excused ignoring actual federal law controlling immigration.

Interviewed by CNN’s Chris Wallace on the program, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” Mayorkas said the agency’s goal is to achieve “operational control” of the border with Mexico.

Fair enough, but he hedged that statement by saying that administration policies should not “come at the cost of the values of our country.” Those values, apparently, include out-of-control illegal migration.

According to Customs and Border Protection data, the number of illegal migrant crossings at the nation’s southern border for fiscal year 2022 spiked past 2.76 million.

For the record, that number topped the previous annual high point by over 1 million. So much for a “secure” border. As for defining “secure,” Congress did exactly that in a 2006 law.

The legal definition is “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”

As CBP’s own numbers show, this standard is far from being reached. But that’s apparently acceptable for Mayorkas, who criticized former President Donald Trump’s border policies that “did not hew to the values that we hold dear.”

The secretary explained further that the nation has “tremendous pride in our country as a … place of refuge. We are a nation of immigrants.”

He added that the U.S. is also a nation of laws, and those laws stipulate that those who “do not qualify will be removed.” That, however, is far from the present situation as it concerns the southern border.

What Mayorkas does not want to admit is that he is pushing aside the law for a nebulous “tradition” that may be used to justify uncontrolled immigration. Under the Trump administration, the law was respected and border security was taken quite seriously.

That all changed in January 2021 when the Biden administration took control of the nation’s borders, as Mayorkas made quite clear.