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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed he didn't have access to the itinerary for President Biden's trip to El Paso, Texas despite being on Air Force One with the president at the time.
Mayorkas made the statement during a back-and-forth with reporters while flying to Texas on Sunday on the way to the U. S.-Mexico border for Biden's first visit of his presidency as border officials continue sounding the alarm at the ongoing crisis.
"How closely will President Biden actually see some of the crowding that's taking place in El Paso? Will he see any people in the streets in the downtown area, and will he actually be able to speak to any of the migrants who have crossed?" a reporter asked.
"Forgive me, I'm not that close to what exactly the details of the trip are," Mayorkas responded. "I know he's going to see, as [White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre] mentioned, the port of entry, which I think is the second busiest port along the border.
"But I don't know the details of the itinerary," he added.
Biden's visit comes as U. S. Customs and Border Protection has recorded 718,000 migrant encounters in the first 100 days of fiscal year 2023, beginning Oct. 1. October was the first month in U.S. history that the CBP recorded more than 230,000 migrant encounters, but each month since has also eclipsed that number, CBP sources told Fox News Digital.... (Read more)