During the Aspen Security Forum last month, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made a rather bold claim: “Look, the border is secure,” he said. “We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.”
But wait, that statement comes with an asterisk.
“There is work to be done,” he said before clarifying that “safe and secure are two different words.” “There are smugglers that operate on the Mexican side of the border and placing one’s life in their hands is not safe,” he said.
This administration and its definitions. Yeesh.
So, Mayorkas claimed that the southern border was secure and every law enforcement officer, Republican, and common-sense Democrat within earshot had themselves a hearty laugh.
Because it’s a lie.
Mayorkas’ own Border Patrol Agents won’t even back up the claim, with one saying “hundreds of thousands crossing every month is not the definition of secure. They are liars and anyone who believes them are fools.”
Correct. 207,000 migrant encounters were logged at the southern border in June —and that doesn’t take into account all the “gotaways” that will never be logged. If I told you my house was secure, except for 200,000 people who got in, you’d think I was off my rocker.
And rightfully so.
The latest law enforcement official to blast Mayorkas’ “secure” claim is FBI Director Chrisptopher Wray. Wray says the border is most definitely a security threat—in fact, when questioned on the number of migrants pouring in, Wray said “the volume is just staggering.
“And that’s a public security threat, you agree with me?” asked Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
“To me it represents a significant security issue and represents a wide array of criminal threats that flow out of it,” Wray admitted.
From The New York Post:
The number of Border Patrol busts in the 2022 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, has already surpassed 1.6 million, according to official figures.
The year’s tally is poised to soar past last year’s record of nearly 1.7 million encounters. The figures do not include the number of people able to evade authorities.
The astonishing number of Border Patrol busts also includes at least 50 people whose names appeared on federal terrorism watchlists between November and May, according to previous reporting.
Does anyone other than Alejandro Mayorkas actually think the border is secure?