Scott: Mayorkas ‘Completely Abdicated His Duty’ As DHS Boss and ‘Should Resign TODAY’

Scott: Mayorkas ‘Completely Abdicated His Duty’ As DHS Boss and ‘Should Resign TODAY’

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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October 21, 2021

Rep. Rick Scott (R-FL) called for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign “today,” arguing the DHS boss has “completely abdicated his duty to the country” and his failure to lead “actively” made the border crisis worse.

Scott along with two other GOP Senators from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) held their own border security “round table,” Wednesday that featured former Department of Homeland Security officials testifying about President Biden’s “horrific and self-created border crisis.” Democrats on the Homeland Security Committee, led by Chairman Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) have refused to hold a full panel hearing regarding the border crisis, an issue that has mired Biden’s presidency.

“The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has refused to do his job and has completely abdicated his duty to the country and the millions of American lives he swore to protect. It should start with Mayorkas,” Scott said during his opening statement at Wednesday’s roundtable.

“He has failed Americans — he should resign TODAY. He cannot and has not led DHS through this crisis effectively. He’s actively making this crisis worse,” Scott added.

Scott also noted that Mayorkas lied to a Homeland Security panel regarding his vow to provide them with the information they requested for oversight of the border crisis and failure to comply with the law. He asked those who participated in the roundtable if they also believe Mayorkas is lying to them since being sworn in about the crisis on the border. All three Senators and the seven witnesses who testified including Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, Former ICE Director Tom Homan, Sheriff Tom Hodgson, and Angel Mom Sabine Durden-Coulter — all raised a hand in unison.

The Senate Homeland Security panel has only held one full committee hearing regarding the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border that quickly overwhelmed the makeshift detention facilities. However, the hearing took place back in May, during the onset of the border crisis. Two subcommittees hearings addressing border security were held in April and June.

Since then, Peters has refused to bring this issue up for proper hearing, as Republicans called foul at Democrats failing to hold the Biden administration accountable as they continue to protect the president at all cost despite the mounting crisis.

“There are more people responsible for this growing disaster besides the occupants of the White House and Senate Democrats who have refused to hold a proper hearing on this crisis — and they must all be held accountable,” Scott said during his opening hearing remarks at Wednesday’s roundtable.

The Floridian reached out to Peters’ office regarding Republicans accusing him of his refusal to hold a hearing, but they did not respond to our request for comment.

During a Senate roundtable discussion, Scott also hammered the Biden administration’s “open” border policy, which has led to an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings at the border under their watch.

“This border crisis is not just a Texas or Arizona problem, every state is a border state when the savage cartels are given a free pass to human traffic and smuggle lethal drugs into this country. Every American is put in harm’s way because of the Biden administration’s dangerous policies that have wreaked havoc across our nation,” Scott said.

Biden, on his first day in office, unraveled many of his predecessor, former President Trump’s hard-line border policies including ending the construction of southern border wall and immediately suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.  He vowed to implement a more “humane” immigration policy approach, but the lax immigration stance from Biden has attributed to a crisis his administration has been unable to handle and continues to only worsen as every month seeing numbers of migrants apprehended reaching a new monthly level recorded and surpassing records previously seen over two decades ago.

According to a source familiar with the fiscal year apprehension numbers that have still yet to be released, it is reported over 1.7 million migrants apprehended were recorded for this year total.

A federal court has ordered the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, which forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings. The administration said it is taking steps to restart the program in November, pending agreement from Mexico.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

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