Biden DHS Chief Says His Mission Is To ‘Replace The Cruelty’ Of Trump’s Administration

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says his mission in President Joe Biden’s administration is to dismantle the “cruelty” of former President Donald Trump’s administration.

Mayorkas made the comments during his first appearance at a White House Press briefing Monday. The Biden administration has come under fire for re-opening facilities used by the Trump administration to house children attempting to cross the border. Mayorkas argues the ongoing situation at the border is the fault of Trump’s “cruel” policies and will take time to rebuild “from scratch.” (RELATED: Jen Psaki Blows Off Criticism Of New Border Detention Centers For Children: ‘This Is Not Kids Being Kept In Cages’)

Reporters pressed Mayorkas on how his department was handling the situation differently than Trump. (RELATED: ‘Dead On Arrival’: Sen. Cotton Says Biden Immigration Bill Too ‘Far To The Left,’ Won’t Become Law)

Biden signed a “family reunification” executive order at the end of January, creating a task force aimed at reconnecting familes who were separated while attempting to cross the border under Trump.

Mayorkas denied that there is an ongoing crisis at the border, arguing instead that the U.S. system was being “challenged.”