Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas would not answer Tuesday whether the U.S. southern border is in crisis, prompting Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to decry his record and demand his resignation.
Cruz asked Mayorkas during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing if there is currently a crisis at the border, with Mayorkas citing “a very significant challenge” but declining to say “yes” or “no.” Cruz pointed out that Biden administration Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz had concisely acknowledged a southern border crisis in a July deposition, asking Mayorkas if he would “speak with the same clarity.” (RELATED: Biden Claims House Republicans Want To Cut Funding For Border Security)
Cruz subsequently asked Mayorkas if the crisis is making Americans and aliens less safe. The secretary again declined to give one-word answers, and Cruz noted that Ortiz responded “Yes” when asked those questions.
“That’s how someone answers a question and does their job,” Cruz declared. “You’re being a politician, misleading the American people.”
More than 385,000 illegal migrants are known to have evaded federal authorities along the southern border since October, Ortiz testified to the House Homeland Security Committee on March 15. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 870,000 migrants during that period, according to its data.
Cruz said 853 migrants died approaching the southern border in 2022 and migrant deaths have risen significantly since Mayorkas took office. He told Mayorkas about seeing the dead bodies of people who drowned in the Rio Grande “because of your refusal to do your job.”
.@SenTedCruz: “How many murderers have you released into America?”
SEC. MAYORKAS: “I’m not aware of any murderers.”
CRUZ: “So, you don’t know.” pic.twitter.com/8L5u9gxlFL
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 28, 2023
Cruz said over 5.5 million people have entered the U.S. illegally under President Joe Biden, asking Mayorkas how many murderers, rapists, child molesters and terrorists he has released and how many children have been sold into sex slavery under his administration. Cruz called Mayorkas’ behavior “disgraceful,” saying migrant deaths and child assaults and rapes are at his feet.
“The men and women of the Border Patrol, they’ve never had a political leader undermine them,” Cruz said, arguing Mayorkas should resign. “They despise you, Mr. Secretary, because you’re willing to let children be raped to follow political orders. This is a crisis, it’s disgrace, and you won’t even admit this human tragedy is a crisis.”
.@SenTedCruz calls on @DHSgov @SecMayorkas to resign.
The Secretary calls remarks made by Sen. Cruz “revolting.”
Sen. Cruz responds, “Your refusal to do your job is revolting.” https://t.co/qwHAt0pnZY pic.twitter.com/ptQbQJJY12
— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) March 28, 2023
Mayorkas deemed Cruz’s words “revolting” and refused to address them.
“Your refusal to do your job is revolting,” Cruz responded.
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