Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will make his third trip to the US border on Thursday — whereas neither President Biden nor his border level particular person, Vice President Kamala Harris, has made a single trip — in accordance to a report.
Throughout a cease in El Paso, Texas, Mayorkas will meet with immigration advocates, sheriffs and native regulation enforcement officers, and will meet with front-line DHS employees in McAllen, Texas, KGET in El Paso reported.
However whereas the trip will be his third go to to the border, Biden and Harris have but to journey there.
Mayorkas and a bipartisan group of senators visited a detention heart for unaccompanied youngsters in El Paso on March 19.
On March 6, he led a delegation of administration officers — together with coverage adviser Susan Rice — to the border to tour services run by the Border Patrol and the Division of Well being and Human Providers in Donna and Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Mayorkas, who has refused to name the scenario on the border a disaster, has since been taking a extra hardline strategy and even weighed the opportunity of restarting wall building to fill “gaps” after Biden rolled again former President Donald Trump’s barrier plan when he entered workplace in January.
Talking to Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel final week, Mayorkas mentioned Customs and Border Safety submitted a proposal for steps it needs to pursue.
“The president has communicated fairly clearly his choice that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the development of the border wall is ended,” the DHS secretary reportedly advised the group, referring to the Division of Protection.
“However that leaves room to make selections because the administration, as a part of the administration, specifically areas of the wall that want renovation, specific tasks that want to be completed,” he added, in accordance to the Washington Occasions, which obtained notes of the assembly.
His go to to the border comes after Border Patrol brokers detained teams totaling greater than 200 migrants who illegally crossed the Rio Grande river into Texas on Tuesday.
Photographs posted on Border Report present the combo of adults and kids wrapped in Mylar blankets sitting in a discipline after being stopped, ready to be loaded on DHS buses.
Border Patrol brokers advised the publication that smugglers give the migrants coloured wristbands to observe them.
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“It’s like a ticket to the carnival,” one agent mentioned.
One other mentioned the wristbands enable the migrants to strive to cross the border a number of occasions.
“They will reuse it and preserve attempting to cross with it,” he mentioned.
The wristbands had been littered across the space the place the migrants had been held.
The brokers mentioned human traffickers, referred to as “coyotes,” cost migrants up to $8,000 per particular person.
Most of them are touring with younger youngsters due to the Biden administration’s coverage not to return minors to their house international locations.
The dramatic inflow of unlawful immigrants from Mexico and Central America heading to the US has reached a 15-year excessive and asylum seekers have flooded federal detention facilities, forcing the Biden White Home to open army bases and conference facilities to home the rising numbers.
The Border Patrol brokers mentioned apprehending giant teams of migrants has turn out to be a each day prevalence in south Texas, which has seen a gentle stream since January.
“They’re all over the place. For those who drive again there, you would possibly hit somebody,” the agent mentioned, pointing to an space of thick brush.
The Border Patrol brokers mentioned the migrants are setting out on the perilous trek to the US to escape poverty, gang violence and the devastation left by two back-to-back hurricanes.
“We have now been affected very a lot by the hurricanes and we would like a traditional life. We actually don’t have anything. In Nicaragua, the education for kids doesn’t supply a very good training. It’s a nation the place life shouldn’t be certain,” Cassie Escalante advised the Border Report, as she held her 9-year-old daughter.