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“I cannot overemphasize that our current situation is the outcome of Congress leaving a broken, outdated immigration system in place for over two decades,” Mayorkas said.
“Our overall approach is to build lawful pathways for people to come to the United States and to impose tougher consequences on those who choose not to use those pathways,” Mayorkas explained. “We are taking this approach within the constraints of a broken immigration system that Congress has not fixed for more than two decades.”
Secretary Mayorkas touched on the record-breaking number of daily illegal crossings, which Border Patrol says has reached 10,000, Fox News reported. That number is expected to increase following the expiration of Title 42, the Trump-era policy instituted under Covid that granted Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security officials the ability to expel illegal immigrants over health concerns.
“We are clear-eyed about the challenges we are likely to face in the days and weeks ahead, which have the potential to be very difficult,” Mayorkas continued. “Even after nearly two years of preparation, we expect to see large numbers of encounters at our southern border in the days and weeks after May 11.”
Title 42 was invoked over 2.5 million times on the basis of preventing the spread of Covid by illegal immigrants crossing into the US.
Biden’s border crisis has seen a record-breaking number of illegal immigrants pour over the border, with 2,378,944 encounters with illegal immigrants reported in the 2022 fiscal year and 1,659,206 reported in FY 2021.
Mexican cartels have exploited Biden’s border crisis by trafficking humans and drugs, especially fentanyl across the border in record numbers.
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