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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday said he will not resign over his handling of the border crisis and insisted he will be ready for future investigations by House Republicans while continuing to fulfill his daily responsibilities.
During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Mayorkas previewed President Biden's visit to El Paso, Texas later in the afternoon and was pressed by anchor George Stephanopoulos to respond to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's call for him to resting and whether he has any intentions of doing so.
"I do not. I've got a lot of work to do, and we're going to do it," Mayorkas said.
"If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry," McCarthy said in November while visiting El Paso.
The DHS Secretary, who said Sunday that the border crisis is "something that is not unique to the United States," was then asked whether he was prepared for House Republicans to investigate DHS and him, prompting him to say, "I am, I will be, and I'll continue to do my work throughout them."
Mayorkas has faced criticism for several months over his handling of the border crisis, with border patrol agents telling Mayorkas early last year that policies "aren’t working." Fox News Digital reported in November that internal DHS emails from early 2022 described a "rough" meeting between Mayorkas and Border Patrol. Morale has continued to be an issue among Border Patrol agents, as they have faced a relentless crisis at the southern border – which many continue to blame on the policies of the Biden administration.
The Biden administration saw numbers spike under its watch, with more than 1.7 million encounters in fiscal year 2021. The situation got worse in fiscal 2022, with more than 2.3 million encounters. So far in fiscal 2023, numbers for the first two months have outpaced those from the same time period in 2022.... (Read more)