Mayorkas Tells House Homeland Security Committee That He Never ‘Minimized’ Border Crisis

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified Tuesday that he had never “minimized” the crisis at the border, telling House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) that he has always “recognized the enormous challenge that the southern border presents.”

Mayorkas, who has ludicrously insisted in numerous past testimonies that the border was secure, used the term “crisis” for the first time while testifying before Congress on Apr. 10, 2024, after an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants had been allowed into the country.

“Let me ask you this question. Just recently, your last trip here, you actually admitted that there was a crisis at the southwest border. What changed?” Green asked.

“Nothing changed,” Mayorkas replied. “I have recognized the enormous challenge that the southern border presents ever since I began my tenure and actually well before that, when I served as a deputy secretary.”

Green pressed Mayorkas on why he had previously testified that there was no “crisis” at the border and even insisted that it was secure.

“I have never minimized the challenge that the southern border presents,” Mayorkas told Green. “I didn’t minimize when I served as a federal prosecutor from 1989 to 2001.”

In reality, Mayorkas has repeatedly testified that the border was secure despite the skyrocketing numbers of illegal border crossings.

In November of 2021, after the nation had already seen a record number of 1.7 million illegal border crossings under Biden, Mayorkas claimed during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the regime’s border policies had been successful, and gave himself an “A” for effort on border security.

The DHS Secretary also claimed that the Biden administration had more control over the border than the Trump administration did.

“I think rebuilding a broken immigration system, and rebuilding a dismantled one takes time, and we’re on the road to success,” he told Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C).

In July of 2022, he told the Aspen Security Forum that the border was secure despite the “historic challenge.”

During a House Committee hearing in November 2022, he told Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) that the the border was secure.

“Secretary Mayorkas, do you continue to maintain that the border is secure?” Bishop had asked. “Yes, and we are working day in and day out to enhance security, congressman,” Mayorkas answered.

While testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee in  April of 2023, the DHS Secretary again repeated his absurd claim that the United States’ southern border was secure.

“It is my testimony that the border is secure, and we are working every day and night to increase its security. The challenges that we are experiencing at the border cannot be overstated,” he said.

The entire Biden regime has taken the same delusional approach to describing the border situation throughout Biden’s tenure.

Mayorkas referred to the situation at the southern border as a “crisis” for the first time during an interview with NBC News in February.

“It certainly is a crisis, and, well, we don’t bear responsibility for a broken system,” Mayorkas said. “And we’re doing a tremendous amount within that broken system.”

He first admitted there is a crisis at the Southern Border under oath during a House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on April 10, 2024.

In a recent Fox News oped, Chairman Green listed the DHS secretary’s frequent deceptions as among the many reasons the Senate has a responsibility to conduct an impeachment trial and convict Mayorkas.

The Secretary has “misled Congress on multiple occasions, claiming to have operational control of the border as defined by federal statute and claiming the border is “no less secure than it was previously,” Green wrote.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the fiscal year 2025 budget, Washington, DC, April 16, 2024. Mayorkas was impeached by House Republicans by a margin of a single vote, and House impeachment managers are expected to deliver Articles of Impeachment to the Senate later in the day. (Photo by Allison Bailey / Middle East Images / Middle East Images via AFP) (Photo by ALLISON BAILEY/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)