(CBrief) – The border crisis has been a topic of contention between Republicans and President Joe Biden and Sen. Ron Johnson tore into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a hearing on the topic.
“You are failing miserably. Four to five million people, 1.4 million unknown gotaways, we have no idea who those people are, what kind of security they risk,” the senator said to him on Tuesday. “Do you not care? Do you not have just an ounce of human compassion for what your open border policy, the type of human depredations it is causing?”
“Mr. Secretary, you ought to resign,” he said.
The secretary responded by saying that the senator had mischaracterized the issue at the border.
“The Senator mischaracterizes our policies with respect to the security of the southern border,” he said.
Ron Johnson berates Alejandro Mayorkas:
“You are failing miserably… Do you not care? Do you not have just an ounce of human compassion?… You just sit there looking with a blank look on your face.” pic.twitter.com/DfJRB7W55M
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) April 18, 2023
That same night Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley appeared on Fox News and eviscerated the secretary.
“Mayorkas has facilitated the biggest child smuggling and trafficking operation in American history,” the senator said to host Laura Ingraham. “345,000 children have come across this border because of their policies. Where have they gone? They have lost track of them. Where have they gone? Right into the hands of smugglers who are now making them work overnight shifts in factories. They are making them pay them back for the smuggling fees. It is modern-day slavery. It is child labor. This administration is facilitating it. You played the clips. They don’t care.”
“They don’t care at all,” the senator said. “It’s all about the open-border mania. They are willing to sacrifice kids into a life of slavery if that serves their purpose to have an open border. Here’s the other dirty little secret. They are happy to work with these global multinational corporations who don’t want to pay American workers. They don’t want to pay legal immigrants. They’ll take child labor because they don’t have to pay them. So they’re happy to do that. They’ll take the child labor. The administration is happy to give them the child labor rather than pay American workers an honest salary.”
“Out of those 345,000 kids who have come across the border unaccompanied in just the last couple of years, the Biden administration has completely lost track of almost 90,000 of them,” he said. “So that’s how it’s going. 90,000 kids. They don’t even know where they are. It’s a joke. There’s no enforcement. They haven’t reunited any kids with their families and they are not even trying to, Laura. They don’t care. They are willing to do anything to see the border wide open. If that means kids in slavery, the’re there for it.”
“He will have to be impeached,” he said. “That’s the short answer. The House of Representatives will impeach him and that will send a message… We have to send a clear signal that if you are not willing to enforce the law and you are endangering children and sending them to slavery, we are not going to stand for it in the United States of America.”
Republican calls to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have increased in recent weeks amid a new controversy involving a troublesome app for migrants developed by the Biden administration.
“The overwhelming majority of requests made by migrants for an exception to the Title 42 public health order using the recently-expanded CBP One app have been accepted, with 99% of migrants being found to have met the criteria — just as the app continues to face scrutiny from both the left and the right,” Fox News reported Saturday.
In January, the Biden administration broadened the scope of the CBP One app to include migrants who are seeking an exemption to Title 42. This public health order, which was put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, permits the quick removal of migrants at the southern border, the news outlet noted.
Migrants can utilize the CBP One app to submit information, such as their photo, and arrange an appointment at a port of entry to request an exception to the Title 42 order. This order is expected to expire next month. The Biden administration has claimed that the app is crucial in creating a secure, well-organized, and compassionate border process and that it discourages unlawful immigration between ports of entry, the report continued.
“The CBP One app is an innovative solution we are using to facilitate the safe and orderly arrival of noncitizens who believe they meet certain vulnerability criteria and are requesting a humanitarian exception to the CDC’s Title 42 Order,” Mayorkas said in January, Fox News reported.
“When Title 42 eventually lifts, this new feature will join one of the many tools and processes this Administration is providing for individuals to seek protection in a safe, orderly, and humane manner and to strengthen the security of our borders,” he claimed.
According to a CBP spokesperson who spoke with Fox News Digital earlier in the week, over 75,000 applications have been completed or scheduled until April 25th. The spokesperson also mentioned that appointment slots fill up quickly, often within just a few minutes after becoming available.