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DHS Secretary Mayorkas suggests migrants crossing illegally into the US ‘one of our proudest traditions’

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared to say that he and the Biden administration are in favor of people crossing illegally into the country during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mayorkas made his remark in response to a question from anchor Chris Wallace, who asked why the administration allowed tens of thousands of mostly Haitian migrants into the U.S. near Del Rio, Texas over the past few weeks, adding that footage showed them by the hundreds at a time simply walking across a dam into the country.

“Why didn’t you build — forgive me — a wall, or a fence, to stop them…this flood of people from coming across the dam? It looks like a highway that allows them to cross the Rio Grande” river, Wallace said.

“It is the policy of this administration…ah, we do not agree with the building of the wall. The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief,” Mayorkas responded, adding: “That is actually one of our proudest traditions.”

The DHS secretary, along with President Joe Biden, vowed to uphold all laws upon taking office, which includes those against illegally entering the United States, regardless of the circumstances.

Nevertheless, Mayorkas’ comments drew heated responses on social media.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration appeared to have been caught off-guard by the arrival of hundreds, then thousands, of mostly Haitian migrants who crossed illegally and set up a makeshift squatter encampment underneath an international bridge near Del Rio, Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, surged state law enforcement officers there to staunch the flow of migrants while DHS also deployed additional assets including Border Patrol agents on horseback, some of whom have been falsely accused of “whipping” migrants with the horse’s reins.

Mayorkas suspended the use of horses by agents shortly after the allegations surfaced last week.

Jon Dougherty

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