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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas joined NPR’s “Morning Edition” Friday to discuss changes to border policy that he has been working on “since September of 2021.”

The secretary outlined that Border Patrol would utilize its Title 8 authority to turn more migrants away at the border and counteract human smuggling networks that have allowed migrants to flow over the US-Mexico border thanks to cartel assistance.

“You’re adding extra authority under a different law — Title 8 — that will turn more people away. Is that correct,” asked “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep.

“Steve, it is correct,” Mayorkas stated. “And the reason is very straightforward, that we want to incentivize people to take the safe and orderly pathways and disincentivize them to take the dangerous and the treacherous path of placing their lives in the hands of smugglers. We have got to cut the smuggling organizations out of this.”

“In about 10 seconds, should we expect to see the flow of people at the border decrease in months to come,” the host asked in a follow-up, as reported by Breitbart.

“That is certainly our plan,” the failing secretary said in response, adding, “and we’ve been working on it since September of 2021.”

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The DHS secretary has overseen some of the worst rates of illegal immigration in the nation’s history.


For November 2022, Customs and Border Patrol reported that they had 233,740 migrant encounters, marking the highest rate ever for the month of November.

The nearly quarter of a million encounters dwarfs last year’s November rate of 174,845 and showcases the extent to which the border crisis has worsened in the past year.

In response to the unsustainable increase in migrants, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) have called for Mayorkas’ impeachment writing in a letter to Mayorkas last October that “Your failure to faithfully enforce this nation’s immigration laws and willful blindness to the very real humanitarian crisis at our southern border amounts to a gross dereliction of duty and a violation of your oath of office.”

“Historically high levels of illegal immigration and illicit drug trafficking demonstrate that our southern border is open for every kind of public health and national security threat imaginable,” the letter explained. “Despite the heroic efforts by the men and women of Border Patrol, who operate with very little support from Washington, D.C., you have failed to achieve any semblance of operational control of the southern border.”

“We have grave concerns about what this failure means for both national security and the health and safety of American citizens,” the senators wrote. “These failures cannot go unaddressed, and your actions cannot be unaccounted for. The American people deserve better.”

“This is a gross dereliction of duty and, if not corrected swiftly, could provide grounds for impeachment,” the letter concluded.

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