In response to the news that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have encountered 2,150,370 migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border so far in fiscal year 2022, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has called for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign.
“I write with alarm over record-setting levels of illegal immigration into our country. According to your own department’s statistics, Customs & Border Protection agents have now encountered over 2 million illegal immigrants crossing our southern border this fiscal year,” Hawley wrote. “This is substantially higher than last year’s record 1.7 million encounters, and the year is still not even over. This number represents more than a four-fold increase in illegal immigration compared to FY 2020. And these are only the official statistics, which fail to capture the many got-aways who evaded detection. After two years on the job, you have demonstrated that you have no intention of enforcing our immigration laws.”
“Your total abdication of responsibility to secure the border has consequences. It has resulted in a record 78 individuals on a terror watchlist entering our country this year alone. And those are only the ones we know about,” Hawley added.
Hawley then recalled a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year during which Mayorkas said, “We have a plan, we our executing on our plan, and we will continue to do so.”
Mayorkas added that the plan “is in fact working.” Meanwhile, the United States “was experiencing 200,000 illegal immigrant encounters per month,” Hawley noted.
“Now, we have already eclipsed last year’s records. So let me ask you again, exactly one year later, was this your plan? Do you consider 2 million illegal immigrants crossing our border to be a success?” Hawley asked.
“Sadly, I think you do. This was the predictable result of your open border policies. Your intentional disregard for our country’s immigration laws makes you unfit to remain in office. You should resign,” Hawley concluded.