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Homeland Security Secretary Blamed for Spike in Migration

Republicans on Capitol Hill are reviewing Biden’s immigration policies as the midterm elections are getting closer. Homeland security secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas was blamed for causing a spike in migration. Representative Clay Higgins, Republican of Louisiana, said, “I feel that America needs you to own this thing, good sir. Speak to the American people and own this thing. We’re losing our country down there. We need you to resign.”

Some Republicans think that Mayorkas committed treason for bringing too many migrants to the country and that he should be impeached. Mayorkas defended himself with, “What you have just said is so profoundly offensive on so many different levels, in so many different regards. I won’t ask you for an apology.”

Republicans and even some Democrats who oppose having a spike in migration are utilizing Title 42 as a statement for their argument, saying that they want to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The number of migrants have increased since President Biden entered office. In March alone, there was a record number of 221,303 crossings across the United States border. The Biden administration mostly opened up to families with children.

Title 42 gives the power for Border Patrol to push migrants away without learning more about their situation. Some critics say that lifting this rule will create chaos in the southwest borders. Although Title 42 was designed to protect Americans from the spread of the virus, now it has been used to keep unwanted migrants away from the United States. The Department of Homeland Security has released a 16-paged operations plan to work with 18,000 migrants a day.

Later on, a new 20-paged memo was designed to further explore working with migrants on a daily basis. The strategy was broken down into six pillars of the migration issue and the steps that the Biden administration would do to fix it. Some pillars include increasing workers at the border, targeting smugglers, and partnering with nonprofit organizations where they could provide resources to support migrants across the border. They also want to cooperate with other countries to limit the number of migrants entering into the United States.

Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, felt that this situation was laughable because the Biden administration couldn’t handle the large increase of migrants at the border. Homeland Security Committee hearing Representative Elissa Slotkin, Democrat of Michigan, said, “Our immigration system is broken…If you’re going to criticize what’s going on at the border, then put forward a piece of legislation to make it better. Don’t just use it as a political cudgel.”

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