Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the southern border “is secure” at the Aspen Security Forum on Tuesday, Fox News reported. You are absolutely not.
“Look, the border is secure,” the secretary said, according to the outlet. “We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.”
Americans should be deeply concerned with how Mayorkas defines border security — or his less-than-stellar public relations skills to make it sound like the crisis is just a “challenge.”
Although he did remark that there is a distinction to be made between “safe” and “secure,” words do not change the fact that there is a crisis at the border and that he has failed to get a grip on it.
After President Joe Biden became president, thousands of migrants arrived in their droves hoping to be treated more well than they were under Trump’s administration. It’s hard to blame them, as Biden stopped construction of the border wall and ditched “Remain in Mexico” as soon as possible.
It is a fact that the number of migrants who encountered each other in Fiscal Year 2022 has already exceeded those from Fiscal Year 2020, which was 1.74 million. There are three more months to collect data. Many of these people are being duped by smugglers to come to the United States and are being put through dangerous situations on their journey, like when 53 migrants died in a tractor-trailer in Texas in June, as RedState’s Bob Hoge reported.
This would be considered unsafe because of how many people have been coming from Central America or around the world. This issue is not limited to migration. Drug traffickers can also be malicious.
Fentanyl (the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages 18 and 45) is often illegally smuggled across borders.
The Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking released a February report that found Mexico to be the largest source of this highly addictive drug. According to University of Colorado the U.S. border has been a major source of overdoses. Inadvertently taking fentanyl can lead to fatal poisoning.
These are just a few of the issues that border communities will likely face.
Those who doubt his Border Patrol agent’s assessment of the situation should listen to them.
“We’ve been saying it would get worse. It’s gotten worse. There is no functional border. It’s nothing but a speed bump for criminality with a reward system for breaking our laws, courtesy of the Biden Admin,” the National Border Patrol Council tweeted July 16.
It was always going to get worse. It’s gotten worse. It is now impossible to have functional borders. This is a speed bump to criminality, with a reward system for violating our laws, provided by the Biden Administrator. https://t.co/9hTHSlyxj3
— Border Patrol Union – NBPC (@BPUnion) July 16, 2022
Again, no one should call the border safe, even the DHS leader. Mayorkas is at least admitting that it’s challenging, except this is a result of poor border policies and indecisive leadership coming from the Executive Branch.