GOP demands Biden administration act after Mayorkas calls border crisis 'unsustainable'

The other day I was in Mexico, e io dissi, if our border is our first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable,” Mayorkas said as he spoke to Border Patrol agents in Texas di giovedì, audio of which was obtained by Fox News. “We can’t continue like this, our people in the field cant continue and our system isn’t built for it.

MAYORKAS SAYS BORDER CRISIS ‘UNSUSTAINABLE’ AND ‘WE’RE GOING TO LOSE’ NELL'AUDIO PERDUTO

Mayorkas told the agents that the current border situationcannot continue.He said the federal government’s system was not designed to handle such an influx of migrants as the U.S. has seen in recent months and he was “ottimo” aware that the sector recently came close tobreaking.

The remarks came the same day as Mayorkas announced that there were more than 212,000 migrant encounters in July alone, un 13% increase over June and a massive increase over the 40,929 nel mese di luglio 2020.

While he gave a grim assessment of the border situation in a press conference, calling the situationone of the toughest challenges we face,” his remarks when he spoke to Border Patrol agents were more blunt. He also told them he was seeking 2,000 new agents in the 2023 budget.

Republicans agreed with Mayorkasassessment, but asked what the Biden administration intends to do about it.

Glad Secretary Mayorkas agrees – the situation at the border is ‘unsustainable,'” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted. “Now what is their plan to fix it?”

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Even Biden’s own DHS Secretary is saying the border crisis is ‘unsustainable,’ Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted. “When will Biden and Harris finally take action?”

Suo. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., tweeted that Mayorkas’ remarksare the most honest words I’ve heard from the mouth of Secretary Mayorkas.

Joe Biden has totally lost control of the border,” Egli ha detto.

Republicans have blamed the surge on the Biden administration’s policies, including the rolling back of Trump-era policies. Suo. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday pointed to the releasing of migrants into the interior, the ending of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the ending of border wall construction as three factors in the crisis.

Cruz declared thatJoe Biden and Kamala Harris are the root cause.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, nel frattempo, called on Mayorkas to resign.

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We can’t have a defeatist fighting for our nation’s border security. It’s time for Sec. Mayorkas to resign, and he needs to be replaced with someone who will tell the truth publicly & stand up to the radical activists inside the Biden-Harris administration,” Ducey tweeted Friday.

Mayorkas, despite his remarks, had expressed confidence in the administration’s planwhich includes tackling root causes like violence and corruption, opening up legal asylum pathways and targeting smugglersbut warned it would take time.

We have a plan, we are executing our plan and that takes time,” Egli ha detto.

Di venerdì, a White House spokesperson said that Mayorkas was referring to the regional nature of migration and how the U.S. is working with neighboring and regional countries to address the migrant flow. The spokesperson also said the DHS chief wasunderlying the need for the United States to continue various deterrence and expulsion measures we have in place.

They noted the recent extension of Title 42 public health protections that allow for the rapid expulsion of migrants, and recent flights removing migrants to both Central America and Mexico.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Edmund DeMarche and Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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