Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Fox News Sunday at least 12,000 Haitian migrants have been released into the United States after entering the country near Del Rio, Texas.
“Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas responded when asked how many are being admitted into the US.
“It could be even higher. The number that are returned could be even higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it,” Mayorkas said.
“Those who are in ICE custody are tested, isolated, and quarantined. Those who are expelled under the Title 42 Public Health Authority are returned immediately. They are not placed in immigration court proceedings, and those we do not test, because they are returned immediately,” Mayorkas said.
“We have enforcement guidelines in place that provide the individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities and will be removed,” Mayorkas added.
“It is the policy of this administration: we do not agree with the building of the wall,” the DHS Chief said. “The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions.”
Read the full report at the NY Post.
BIDEN: Border Agents ‘Running Over’ Haitian Migrants with Horses ‘Will Pay’
President Joe Biden addressed the public Friday over a series of international crises -particularly the southern border- telling journalists Federal Agents seen on horseback “will pay” following an investigation.
“Given what we saw at the border this week, have you failed? This is happening on your watch. Do you take responsibility?”
“To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay,” said the President. “There’s an investigation under way now and there will be consequences. It’s dangerous, it’s wrong. It sends the wrong message around the world.”
Biden on the lie that border patrol were using whips on illegal immigrants at the border:
"To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It's outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay." pic.twitter.com/Jx79KoYTy9
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 24, 2021
A new survey from Morning Consult spells more bad news for Joe Biden, with roughly 6 in 10 saying the country has “seriously gone off on the wrong track.”
“The study, conducted from Saturday to Monday, found that 61 percent of respondents believe the country is on the wrong track, compared to just 39 percent who say the country is ‘going in the right direction,’” reports The Hill.
“The survey also found a record-low overall approval rating for Biden at 47 percent, with 49 percent saying they disapproved of the president’s job performance overall,” adds the website.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 23, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) September 23, 2021
Former Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard called-out the Biden administration Wednesday night, saying the current crisis spiraling out of control along the US-Mexico is a direct result of the President’s policies.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border is the direct result of your open-border policy. As I said in my 2020 presidential campaign, we can’t have a secure nation if we don’t secure our borders,” posted Gabbard on Twitter.
.@JoeBiden @KamalaHarris, the humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border is the direct result of your open-border policy. As I said in my 2020 presidential campaign, we can’t have a secure nation if we don't secure our borders.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) September 23, 2021
Congresswoman Maxine Waters raised eyebrows among millions of Americans this week when she blamed Donald Trump for the current border crisis and claimed the situation in Texas is now “worse than slavery.”
“Haitians fleeing violence & the lack of a credible government in Haiti are being treated like animals. U.S. government cowboys on horses used whips on Haitians as they sought refuge. Why are we following the Trump policies? This horrendous treatment of Haitians must STOP NOW,” posted Waters on Twitter.
BREAKING: DHS Confirms ‘Some Haitian Migrants Being Released into the US’
Fox News’ Bill Melugin confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Department of Homeland Security is admitting Haitian migrants into the United States despite insisting the group will be deported via flights from Texas.
“BREAKING: DHS confirms to @FoxNews that some Haitian migrants are being released into the US w/ NTA’s or NTR’s depending on facility space & resources,” posted Melugin on Twitter.
BREAKING: DHS confirms to @FoxNews that some Haitian migrants are being released into the US w/ NTA’s or NTR’s depending on facility space & resources.
Mayorkas on Monday: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed.” @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 22, 2021
A similar report from the Associated Press claims thousands of Haitian migrants camped along the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas are being released into the United States on a “very large scale.”
The administration originally told the press the refugees would be sent back to their home country earlier this week.
“Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion,” reports the Associated Press.
Many Haitian migrants camped in the Texas border town of Del Rio are being released in the U.S., two federal officials tell AP. https://t.co/9f9z8kAt3m
— Axios (@axios) September 22, 2021
“Many have been released with notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, an outcome that requires less processing time from Border Patrol agents than ordering an appearance in immigration court and points to the speed at which authorities are moving, the official said,” adds the AP.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.