It’s Not His Or Biden’s Fault Says DHS Chief Mayorkas Of Their Historic Border Crisis

FILE - Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas arrives for a press conference in Brownsville, Texas, May 5, 2023. As Republicans in the House of Representatives threaten to make Mayorkas the first Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years, Mayorkas says, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, he is “totally focused on the work" that his agency of 260,000 people conducts and not distracted by the politics of impeachment. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas, File)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas addressed the burgeoning number of illegal border crossings on Sunday, amidst mounting criticism and potential impeachment proceedings initiated by House Republicans.

During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mayorkas described the situation as a crisis but contended that the existing issues are rooted in an inherently flawed immigration system. According to Secretary Mayorkas, while the department has implemented numerous measures within the confines of the current framework, comprehensive reform from Congress remains the ultimate solution.

The impasse in addressing immigration reform was highlighted last week when Senate Republicans opposed a bipartisan border security proposal, signaling doubts about the bill’s effectiveness in addressing the core issues.

Last week’s narrow escape from impeachment for Mr. Mayorkas in the House could prove temporary, with another vote on the horizon likely to swing against him after Republicans regroup in Capitol Hill.

Criticism from conservative sectors suggests a lackadaisical approach from Secretary Mayorkas and President Biden, accusing them of not fully leveraging their executive powers to stem the tide of illegal entries. In his defense, Secretary Mayorkas pointed to existing efforts, while also noting the judicial hurdles that often compromise the implementation of executive decisions in tackling this complex challenge.