Mayorkas faces lawmakers amid unaccompanied-migrant crisis at the border

Homeland Security Secretary Alejanddro Mayorkas will appear before lawmakers Wednesday morning, where he is expected to face questions about the ongoing influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border.

His appearance before the House Homeland Security Committee comes as the Biden administration struggles to accommodate the growing number of children crossing the US-Mexico border alone against the backdrop of a pandemic that’s strained resources, particularly shelter space.
We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 年份,” Mayorkas said in a statement Tuesday.
    As of Tuesday, 多于 300 unaccompanied migrant children had been in Border Patrol custody for more than 10 天, CNN了解到. 多于 4,200 minors were in custody, with an average time of 120 小时.
      Mayorkas, who is testifying on Capitol Hill for the first time since his confirmation, said the situation at the border wasdifficultand acknowledged that children are not being transferred to US Department of Health and Human Services custody within the three-day legal limit.
        The Border Patrol facilities have become crowded with children and the 72-hour timeframe for the transfer of children from the Border Patrol to HHS is not always met,” Mayorkas said.
        HHS has not had the capacity to take the number of unaccompanied children encountered at the border, 他加了. Federal law requires unaccompanied children to be turned over within 72 hours to HHS, which oversees a shelter network designed to house minors.
          二月里, 多于 9,400 unaccompanied childrenranging in agescrossed the US-Mexico border, 根据 latest available data from Customs and Border Protection. That’s up from January and is expected to continue trending upward.
          星期二, 总统拜登 discouraged would-be migrants from coming to the United States, telling ABC, “I can say quite clearly: Don’t come.
          The President continued: “We’re in the process of getting set up. Don’t leave your town or city or community.
          House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, billed Wednesday’s hearing as a focus on the “未来” of the Department of Homeland Security in thewake of the Trump administration’s four years of mismanagement and misuse of the Department.
          上个月, Thompson invited Mayorkas to testify on Covid-19 vaccine distribution, the recent SolarWinds breach, immigration and the January 6 袭击美国国会大厦. The committee also called on Mayorkas to provide information on ensuring that DHS front-line employees have access to the vaccines.
          The SolarWinds breach, 随着 Microsoft Exchange hack, are likely to come up during the hearing as the department’s cyber agency grapples with how best to improve its security efforts with the resources it has.
          代表. 约翰·卡特科, a New Yorker who’s the top Republican on the committee, plans to discuss thehumanitarian crisis he saw at the border this week,” as well as Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency resourcing and the growing cyber threats posed by China, a committee spokesperson said.
          Congress included $ 650 million in the $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief bill passed last week for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s cybersecurity risk-management programs, which will provide funding ahead of the next budget cycle. CISA recently launched pilot programs to improve visibility into federal civilian networks.
          与此同时, the Biden administration has yet to nominate a director for the agency, which is led by a senior career official, Brandon Wales, in an acting capacity.
            在一个 letter to Biden last week, Katko said he wasvery concernedabout the delay in nominating a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director.
            CISA finds itself at the forefront of not just one, but potentially two significant cyber incidents facing federal networks, and the private sector. Now more than ever we need permanent political leadership at the helm of our nation’s lead federal civilian cybersecurity agency,” 他写了.