Despite the clear illegal immigration crisis happening at the Southwest U.S. border in plain sight, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas continues to maintain that the border "is secure” and “is not open,” implying – and very falsely so – that the only people enjoying the administration's open-door policy are young, vulnerable children.
“The border is secure and the border is not open,” Mayorkas told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday during a hearing on the crisis currently overwhelming agents and detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"There are children, congressman, who are infants to the age of five, that come into the border. I confronted a situation of three young siblings, under the ages of 10. The youngest one being 2 years of age, whose mother didn't make it,” he testified.
However, data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement has consistently shown the vast majority of unaccompanied minors who cross the Southwest U.S. border are teen boys - or, at least, young men who claim to be teens. The Immigration Forum explains that "According to records from ORR facilities in FY 2019, approximately 30% of UACs arriving at the border are girls and 70% are boys. UACs predominantly arrive between the ages of 13 and 17 (86%), although the population also includes “tender age” children between 6 and 12 (14%)."
And as deceptive as it is to given the impression that all unaccompanied children are toddlers in diapers wandering through the bullrushes, so too is the notion that the Biden administration is only allowing single children into the country for "humanitarian" reasons.
In his testimony, Mayorkas also claimed that “We are expelling families” due to COVID concerns, but added that policy has been “limited only by the capacity of Mexico to receive them” – meaning that families that aren’t returned to Mexico are given a court date and allowed into the United States, an open-door policy evidenced by droves of migrant families showing up at Texas bus stations, homeless shelters, and San Diego hotels.
More than 100,000 illegal aliens were apprehended at the Southwest border in February alone. Of those, more than 9,400 were classified as unaccompanied minors.
So far, just shy of 400,000 illegal aliens have crossed the border unlawfully in FY2021, which began on Oct. 1, with each month bringing a higher total than the last.