Friday, October 15, 2021

Homeland Security Secretary to travel to Mexico border

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas plans to travel to the US-Mexico border amid the illegal immigration crisis there.

“I will travel to the border myself,” Meyerkas said on CNN on Sunday.

Meyerkas did not say when and where he was going, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to emailed questions.

Thousands of illegal immigrants, many of them from Haiti, have gathered under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas in recent days, calling on the Biden administration to halt the rise in illegal immigration since President Joe Biden took office in January. exposes failure.

Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, a Democrat, has repeatedly appealed to administration officials to pay attention to what is happening, alienating Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Lozano said he updated Mayercas on Sunday morning on the latest update and was “grateful to have received the immediate action plan.”

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Illegal immigrants bathe and play on the US side of the Rio Grande, the international border with Mexico, in Del Rio, Texas, on September 18, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
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Thousands of illegal immigrants gather in Del Rio, Texas on September 16, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

DHS closed checkpoints in Texas on Friday and began evacuating some immigrants over the weekend.

The agency sent some 400 agents and officers to the area to try to bring the situation under control. It helped move thousands of immigrants to other processing locations in Del Rio to ease the crush and start talks with the immigrants’ home countries to accept them back. Meanwhile, the White House directed federal agencies to work with the Haitian government and other governments to provide aid to migrants after they return.

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Beyond those steps, “the Biden administration reiterates that our borders are not open, and that people should not make dangerous travel,” DHS said in a statement on Saturday, adding that “individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including evictions. Unregulated.” Migration is a significant threat to the health and well-being of border communities and the lives of migrants themselves, and should not be attempted.”

“We are certainly facing a challenging situation, but we are increasing resources and we have a multi-pronged approach to it,” Meyerkas said on CNN. He also said that the Defense Department is going to provide the resources; The department did not return the inquiry.

Mayerkas said Haitians who arrived before July 29 would receive temporary protected status, but those arriving later would be deported.

The White House has not commented on the situation. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not hold any briefing on Friday. Biden left Washington on Friday for a weekend getaway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where he ignored questions from pool reporters. Harris appeared on Saturday to flip a coin at a college football game in Washington.

Zachary Stebero

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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