World Mayorkas visits border, issues stern warning to illegal immigrants: 'Your journey will not succeed'
Mayorkas says no ‘specific, credible threat’ to the US homeland as he marks 9/11 anniversary
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Saturday said that there is "no specific, credible threat" to the U.S. homeland -- as he traveled to New York City to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. "I’m very proud to be here in New York City this morning to pay tribute to the lives lost as a result of the 9/11 attacks," Mayorkas said on CNN. "This country, 20 years, later is stronger and more secure than ever before.
Homeland Security Secretaryhad a strong message for those who might be planning to enter the United States illegally: don't.
Speaking to reporters in theborder city of Del Rio, where thousands of Haitian migrants have crossed into the U.S. and set up camp under the International Bridge, Mayorkas said those who think the U.S. has open borders will find that they are sorely mistaken if they come here illegally.
"If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed and you will be endangering your life and your family’s lives," Mayorkas said. "This administration is committed to developing safe, orderly and humane pathways for migration. This is not the way to do it."
US Senate leader urges Biden to end 'hateful' Haitian expulsions
Democratic US Senate leader Chuck Schumer urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to end mass deportations of Haitian migrants, with the White House facing a firestorm of criticism over its buckling immigration system and the apparent abuse of refugees. "I urge President Biden to immediately put a stop to these expulsions, and to end this Title 42 policy at our southern border," Schumer said on the Senate floor. "We cannot continue these hateful and xenophobic Trump policies that disregard our refugee laws.
Mayorkas outlined some of the ways in which the Biden administration is addressing the current crisis. These include securing additional transportation for return flights to Haiti and other places with the hopes of having one to three flights per day. The government is also trying to address the humanitarian concerns on the ground by providing supplies, water and portable toilets.
While the administration is trying to protect illegal immigrants who are already in Del Rio, living in poor conditions during a pandemic, Mayorkas emphatically tried to discourage other migrants from coming to the U.S.
"We are very concerned that Haitians who are taking this irregular migration path are receiving false information that the border is open or that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available," Mayorkas said. While some Haitians enjoy TPS protection, Mayorkas clarified later that this is only for those currently in the U.S. who arrived before July 29.
"I want to make sure that it is known that this is not the way to come to the United States. That is false information," Mayorkas reiterated. "Irregular migration poses a serious security risk to the migrants themselves. Trying to enter the United States illegally is not worth the tragedy, the money or the effort."
Why America keeps turning its back on Haitian migrants .
The Biden administration is continuing a long history of exclusionary policy against Haitian asylum seekers.Condemnation of the agents’ behavior was swift, with advocates drawing parallels to slave patrols, or the white men on horses who whipped enslaved people in cotton fields. But inhumane treatment of Black migrants, particularly Haitian migrants, is not new; it’s closely linked to the history of immigrant detention in the United States.