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“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace confronted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the “flood” of migrants coming across the U. S.-Mexico border.
Mayorkas argued during a Sunday morning interview that illegal immigration was a problem that had spanned administrations of both parties, but Wallace pushed back, saying that by the numbers, things had gotten worse under President Joe Biden’s watch.
“Removal proceedings, including asylum cases, can take anywhere from six months to several years, and 44%, according to the Department of Justice, 44% of those who are released into custody – from custody – miss their court hearings,” Wallace began, asking Mayorkas to address what would happen to those who were given a court date and released into the United States.
“Just as a matter of reality, won’t many of those thousands of people end up settling here in the United States, some of them permanently?” he asked.
“Chris, we have enforcement guidelines in place that provide that individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities, and will be removed,” Mayorkas replied.
Wallace pushed back, asking how that was enforced when some of them had disappeared into the country.
“It is our intention to remove them, that is what our policies are, and we deploy our enforcement resources according to certain priorities to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” Mayorkas continued.
“But sir, there are more than 11 million people in this country illegally. Clearly, despite your best efforts, millions of people end up in this country and don’t – just disappear,” Wallace objected.
Mayorkas argued that was simply proof that the immigration system was broken and in need of legislative reform.
Wallace then pivoted to the situation in Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of migrants had crossed a dam into the United States and congregated under a bridge.
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