DHS Secretary Mayorkas Admits the 15,000 Haitian Migrants in Del Rio Were Not Tested for COVID Before They Were Dispersed Across the Country

Super Spreader Event: DHS Secretary Mayorkas Admits the 15,000 Haitian Migrants in Del Rio Were Not Tested for COVID Before They Were Dispersed Across the Country

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Sen. Ron Johnson interrogates DHS Secretary Mayorkas over lack of data on illegal immigration

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was heavily chastised by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson over his failure to provide congressional oversight leaders with data from President Joe Biden’s mishandling of the border. The resulting catastrophe has led to the uncontrolled influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Haiti, in addition to the hundreds of thousands who have made it across the border every month since Biden took office.  

“Mr. Secretary, of the 1.3 million people that we’ve apprehended, how many people have been returned?” Johnson asked. “How many people are being detained? And how many people have been dispersed? Now I want some numbers here. So we’ve got 1.3 million people, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? How many people have been dispersed to all points around America?”

“Senator, I would be pleased to provide you with data,” Mayorkas responded in refusing to provide any data.

“I want them now!” Johnson exclaimed. “Why don’t you have that information?”

“Senator, I do not have that data before me,” Mayorkas claimed.

“Why not?” Johnson prompted. “Why don’t you have that basic information?”

“Senator, I want to be accurate in the information …” Mayorkas stated.

Mayorkas proceeded to repeatedly dodge Johnson’s questions, refusing to answer.



SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI): I’m putting a chart that I’ve been keeping on apprehensions on Southwest Border. Just to give you some quick numbers here, to date this calendar year, there have been almost 1.3 million apprehensions, we’re averaging the last few months 6,700 to 6800 people per day. That’s a large caravan per day being apprehended by Border Patrol. 800 to 1,100 known got-a-ways, which would equate some somewhere over 300,000 getaway is known got-a-ways for the year. If you annualize these figures, been a couple 100,000 people per month, we’ll be up to about 2.1 million apprehensions, add the get-a-ways, 300,000 to 400,000, we’re up to two and a half million people. You have repeatedly stated that our borders are not open, they’re closed. Do you honestly believe that our borders are closed?

ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, DHS SECRETARY: Senator, I do. And let me let me speak to that.

JOHNSON: No, let me ask you a couple questions here. This committee received, it was dated September 11th, but apparently this letter was not received till Thursday, I didn’t find out about it till yesterday, I released it to the public immediately, by recently retired U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott. In this letter, former Chief Scott states, he is sickened by the avoidable and rapid disintegration of what was arguably the most effective border security our nation’s history. And of course, the chart shows it, we’ve pretty well secured the border. We’d stopped the flow of unaccompanied children, we’d stopped the flow of family units, because of the migrant protection protocols and the agreements that President Trump put in place, that the building of the wall, we were serious about border security until your administration took office. You stood before this Committee and said that you would enforce the laws. You have not done that. Let me go on. Chief Scott says to think that well resourced terrorist networks, criminal organizations and hostile nations are not going to do the same, in other words, exploit the open border is naive. Here’s what’s very troubling. He said the Secretary and other political appointees within DHS have provided factually incorrect information to congressional representatives and to the American public. So let me ask you, Mr. Secretary, of the 1.3 million people that we’ve apprehended, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? And how many people have been dispersed? Now I want some numbers here. So we’ve got 1.3 million people, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? How many people have been dispersed to all points around America?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I would be pleased to provide you with data.

JOHNSON: I want them now! Why don’t you have that information? Now?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I do not have that data before me.

JOHNSON: Why not? Why don’t you have that basic information?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I want to be accurate in the information…

JOHNSON: I’m looking for ballpark figures. Is it about half, have we dispersed about half of that, or we have about 600,000 people we dispersed?

MAYORKAS: Senator, these are the tools that we employ. We use the Title 42 authority that is the Public Health Authority, empowered by the Centers for Disease Control to expel individuals in light–

JOHNSON: So I’m hearing that you’re not using that to the full extent and that we’ve got 40-50% of people, even apprehended under Title 42 that are not being returned. Is that accurate?

MAYORKAS: That is that is actually inaccurate.

JOHNSON: … What is the real figure then?

MAYORKAS: If I may say, Senator, we use the Title 42 Authority, the Public Health Authority of the Centers for Disease Control to the fullest extent, we are able to.

JOHNSON: So what is the percent that you are returning under Title 42? It’s about 750,000 people, apprehended under Title 42, how many of those individuals have been returned under Title 42?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I will provide that data to you.

JOHNSON: So you’re saying that 40-50% is not accurate? If you know that that’s not accurate. You must have the real number.

MAYORKAS: Senator, what I said was not accurate was your assertion that we are not using Title 42 Authority to the fullest extent that–

JOHNSON: No, that’s not what I said at all. I said we’re not returning everybody under Title 42. We’re dispersing a number of those individuals.

MAYORKAS: Not for reasons of our limitation of use that we impose on ourselves, but rather because certain of our capacity to return people under Title 42 is constrained by the Mexican authorities of ability to receive them. This is a matter of bilateral and multilateral relationships. We exercise the Title 42 Authority to the fullest extent that we can, we then work with Mexico to assess what its capacity to receive individuals is. 

JOHNSON: Again you’re talking about the process. I want numbers. I’m gonna expect numbers, by the way, you know, last year in which you didn’t stick around for second round questions, you didn’t come in here in person, I sent you questions for the record, I’ve got no response whatsoever. And you came before this committee, and you committed to responding to congressional oversight. And you have not done so. And according to former chief Scott, you’ve provided factually incorrect information to Congress. So we’re expecting you to up your game as it relates to congressional oversight.

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DHS confirms to Fox News the number of Haitians expelled back to Haiti

This morning, DHS confirmed to a Fox News reporter in Del Rio that the number of Haitians expelled back to Haiti is 1,719. The numbers of Haitian migrants housed under the Del Rio International Bridge on the southern border continue to be a mystery to anyone paying attention to the Biden border crisis. We are doing just that here on this site, paying attention, and there is no end in sight. To say that this administration has been less than transparent is an understatement.

Bill Melugin, a Fox News reporter, has been a constant source of information on the Biden border crisis for months. He was literally the only national reporter covering the flood of migrants crossing the Rio Grande River at the Del Rio point of entry, the International Bridge, as well as those who are just wading and swimming across the Rio Grande River to come ashore, for weeks. When the explosion of Haitian migrants began arriving, he switched his focus on the big story – the thousands of Haitian migrants have so overwhelmed Del Rio, a city of 35,000 residents, that the Border Patrol began housing them under the bridge. Today he was tossed a bone by DHS and told that the number of Haitians flown back to Haiti so far is 1,719. That is a far cry from the 15,000 estimated to have been under the bridge last weekend.

Then, as I began writing this post, the number changed. Unbelievable. Literally. The number is actually lower than the 1,719 confirmed just a couple of hours ago.

The numbers being reported are not adding up. DHS announced the agency chartered planes to fly the migrants back to Haiti. The small number of planes alleged to be used in the expulsions mean that it will probably take weeks to accomplish that task. However, as we are slowly learning now, most of the migrants are not, in fact, being flown back. They are being flown to other states away from the border or else they are being bused to other locations here in the U.S. Team Biden is lying to us all.

So, if only 1,401 have been flown back to Haiti, that leaves thousands of migrants unaccounted for by the administration – at least unaccounted for to the American public. Where are they? Does anyone seriously believe that they will be expelled under Title 42? The Biden administration has fought tooth and nail against using that policy though they have continued to use it to some extent. And the administration is now under court order to keep the policy in use.

There is an odd tweet about migrants tearing up their documentation before being apprehended by Border Patrol, too. Why are they doing that? Is someone telling them to do it? Perhaps they think if they have no id then it will be impossible to expel them. Nothing about the Biden border crisis makes sense. It is all so crazy that everything must be intentional on the part of the administration.

The Catch and Release policy is how most of the Biden border crisis is being handled. In this case, they are dropped off at a gas station in the Del Rio area.

Democrats and the administration are creating distractions to take the focus off the Haitian migrants. Whipgate is the most ridiculous of the distractions. DHS says it will investigate the completely fabricated story that Border Patrol agents in the Horse Calgary are using whips on Haitians to maintain control. This is hugely insulting to the professional Border Patrol agents and should have never been given any credibility at all. In Texas, horses are used where it makes sense to do so. Many areas are not accessible to vehicles. For crowd control, like under that bridge, horses are more practical to use, especially to stop those wading across the Rio Grande River. Yesterday, Rep. Maxine Waters accused Border Patrol of using whips and claimed it was worse than the days of slavery. This is unacceptable and she should be held accountable for her language, meant to incite outrage. Horse reins are not whips.

There is not any routine COVID testing on the migrants. There are medical facilities available for those who need them.

I heard Jen Psaki say during today’s White House press briefing that the administration is “horrified by photos of the Border Patrol officers and that behavior” when asked about Maxine Waters’ slavery reference to the alleged beatings with whips to the Haitians. This White House does not support law enforcement at the border and chooses to believe false narratives spread on social media by Democrats and the proponents of open borders. It is shameful. No wonder morale is at all-time low levels among those people working on the southern border. The Biden administration is openly working to discredit them and turn the American public against them.

So, why did DHS confirm a higher number to Fox News this morning only to have to correct it to the 1,401 that Jazz reported in his post this morning? It looks like the confusion is deliberate. This administration has no real plan to secure the border. They want open borders. DHS has to be held accountable. DHS knows the real numbers and they don’t want anyone else to know. It proves what a failure Biden’s policies on migration and illegal immigration are. He’s too stubborn to change course now. In the meantime, no one should believe anything this administration says. There are about 3,800 left in the camp under the bridge, down from 15,000. About 3,200 are in the removal process, though no real process is being explained to reporters, and that leaves about 5,000 still unaccounted for from the Del Rio Sector. None of the numbers add up. Just this morning, Jen Psaki argued that “the border is closed.” Unbelievable.

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Psaki Announces Removal of Mounted Border Patrol Agents – RedState

It’s official: The Biden-Harris administration has no interest whatsoever in controlling the flood of illegal immigrants on the Southern Border. Believe nothing that comes out of their mouths about it.

Not that anyone ever did.

In today’s White House Press Briefing, Raggedy Jen Psaki announced that the use of mounted Border Patrol Agents has been suspended by Department of Health and Human Services Secy Alejandro Mayorkas.

So what he has asked all of us to convey clearly, to people who understandably have questions, are passionate, as concerned as we are about the images we have seen. Is one, we feel those images are horrible and horrific. There’s an investigation, the President certainly supports, overseen by Department of Homeland Security, which he has conveyed will happen quickly.

I can also convey to you, that the Secy also conveyed to Civil Rights leaders earlier this morning, is that we will no longer be using horses in Del Rio, so that is a policy change that has been made in response.

This is an active choosing to advance a false narrative, pure and simple, and except for one White House Correspondent, there was absolutely no push back on it. PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was practically in tears, and demanded,

“Why isn’t [Biden] using that bully pulpit to speak out forcefully himself on the treatment of Haitians?

Psaki responded,

“His point of view is also reflected in the actions that have been taken … He certainly may still speak to it.”

Fox News’ Bill Melugin, one of the few national media correspondents who has bothered to be on the ground in Del Rio, TX, fully debunks the lie that Border Patrol agents were using “whips” on migrants.

The narrative that mounted Border Patrol agents were whipping migrants is false. They do not have whips. They have split reins to control the horse. They are long & have slack, & flop around while riding. They sometimes spin them like a propeller to signal horse to move forward.

There has been zero photographic or video evidence showing any migrants being physically struck by the split reigns. The horses were used as a physical tool to drive migrants backwards as they were attempting to cross illegally into the U.S.

What exactly needs to be investigated? As I said in an earlier article, this is pure dog-and-pony show to make it appear as though they are doing something. As Melugin affirmed, there is no evidence or even testimony by the Haitian illegals or other press on the ground that points to any wrongdoing. Instead of defending and affirming the difficult work of the Border Patrol agents, Mayorkas has placed the agents involved in the mounted control of illegals on desk duty. They have been stripped of their active role and rendered useless, when every useful hand is needed.

This false narrative has also forced the Special Envoy to Haiti to tender his resignation:

Daniel Foote, President Biden’s special envoy to Haiti, announced his resignation on Wednesday, citing the poor treatment of Haitian migrants by U.S. authorities as the reason for his departure. It’s the latest sign that the sudden arrival of thousands of Haitian migrants at the border — even separate from the already tense overall immigration picture — is creating not only a humanitarian crisis, but a political mess for the Biden administration.

In his resignation letter, Daniel Foote told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he “will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti,” adding that “our policy toward Haiti remains deeply flawed and my recommendations have been ignored or dismissed.”

Jen Psaki as the mouthpiece of the administration, continues to throw embattled Border Patrol agents who were simply doing their job under the bus by slandering what they did in the service of their jobs, and creating a controversy out of whole cloth.

It’s disgusting.

What is of further disgust is using this same narrative to eliminate an effective tool that helps the Border Patrol agents maintain order. This is obviously deliberate. In its own way, this is as useful as Defund the Police in demoralizing and destroying the effectiveness of law enforcement on the border. The Biden administration appears to delight in typing both hands behind the back of Border and Immigration enforcement. Not only are they throwing Border Patrol agents under the bus, but they are backing up to run over them.

Interesting that those “horrible” “horrific” images were addressed by Psaki, but these images of Border Patrol agents also doing their job were never given a mention?


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DHS mum on number of Haiti migrants released into US; 1,400 sent back

The Department of Homeland Security revealed late Wednesday that more than 4,600 migrants who gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas in recent days have been removed from the makeshift encampment — but did not specify how many have been released into the US.

The department said that fewer than 5,000 migrants remained at the Del Rio site, which by some estimates held nearly 15,000 people before the Biden administration ordered removals to begin this past Sunday.

Since then, according to DHS, 1,401 migrants have been deported to Haiti, while another 3,206 have either been processed for expulsion under the pandemic-related authority known as Title 42 or “placed into removal proceedings” — which in this case means being released with a notice to appear at an immigration office within 60 days.

DHS did not specify how many of the 3,206 have been expelled under Title 42 and how many have been released into the US. The Associated Press, citing a US official, reported earlier Wednesday that the latter number was in the thousands and releases were taking place on a “very, very large scale.”

It is not clear how officials determine which migrants are deported and which are released into the US. However, Wade McMullen, an attorney with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, told the wire agency that most migrants he and other advocates have interviewed and who have been turned loose have been families with young children and pregnant women.

A dust storm moves across the area as Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico.
A dust storm moves across the area as Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico.AP
Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande river to get food and water in Mexico.
Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande river to get food and water in Mexico.
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Haitian migrants bathe and do laundry along the banks of the Rio Grand after they crossed into the United States.
Haitian migrants bathe and do laundry along the banks of the Rio Grand after they crossed into the United States.

Migrants are being bused from Del Rio, a town of 35,000 people, to either El Paso, Laredo or the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border for processing, another US official told the AP. Some are also being taken to Tucson, Ariz. on flights that were added this week.

The numbers released by DHS Thursday suggest that several thousand migrants have also opted to cross back over the Rio Grande into Mexico, likely gambling that their asylum claims will be looked upon more favorably there than in the US.

Immigrants sit and lie under the international bridge at a migrant camp on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Immigrants sit and lie under the international bridge at a migrant camp on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Haitian migrants rest at a shelter in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila state, Mexico.
Haitian migrants rest at a shelter in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila state, Mexico.
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However, the Mexican government is taking its own steps to remove Haitian migrants from its soil as well. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that officials there were running flights from Piedras Negras, about an hour south of the US border, to Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala. Haitians taken there will be allowed to apply for asylum, while others may be made to go back to Guatemala.

The deportation of migrants to Haiti, where some have not lived for more than a decade, has caused outrage both in Port-au-Prince and Washington. Desperate migrants have tried any method, including violent assault, to avoid returning to their country of origin.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers say the chaos is another example of the Biden administration’s border policies encouraging a surge of illegal immigration that has overwhelmed authorities. Democrats have called for the deportation flights to cease and criticized Border Patrol agents who were seen using their horses to try and block migrants from crossing the Rio Grande over the weekend.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned those attempting to enter the United States illegally that “you will be returned.”

“Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life,” he said at a news conference.

A boy bathes himself with a jug of water inside a migrant camp.
A boy bathes himself with a jug of water inside a migrant camp.
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Migrants are seen at an encampment along the Del Rio International Bridge near the Rio Grande.
Migrants are seen at an encampment along the Del Rio International Bridge near the Rio Grande.

The department repeated that line in a statement Wednesday responding to reports of widespread releases: “The Biden Administration has reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion.”

DHS had been slow to provide details on the number of migrants deported from the border region during the Biden administration, with Mayorkas blaming his hectic work schedule for him not having the figures when asked about it during a House hearing earlier Wednesday.

With Post wires

Migrants exit a Border Patrol bus and prepare to be received by the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition.
Migrants exit a Border Patrol bus and prepare to be received by the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition.
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A migrant mother feeds her child while waiting for aid after arriving at the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition facility.
A migrant mother feeds her child while waiting for aid after arriving at the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition facility.
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The DHS Agent Who Tried To Kill Kevin Byrd Can’t Be Sued—Because He Works for the Federal Government – Reason.com

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent Ray Lamb was not acting in his professional capacity when he approached Kevin Byrd in the parking lot of a Texas bar and allegedly threatened to “put a bullet through [his] fucking skull,” nor was Lamb on duty when he took his gun and attempted to smash the window of Byrd’s car. He was acting as a private citizen when he made those threats, which also included pulling the trigger. Luckily for Byrd, the gun jammed.

But Lamb has an advantage most other would-be murderers don’t: That gun was given to him by the government in his capacity as a federal law enforcement officer. Now, Lamb’s badge is insulating him from responsibility for his actions, as current legal doctrine essentially makes it impossible to hold federal officers accountable in civil court—even for actions taken in their personal lives.

“It’s the definition of official corruption,” says Anya Bidwell, an attorney with the Institute for Justice (IJ), a public interest law firm representing Byrd in a suit against Lamb. “He used the power given to him by the federal government to benefit his own private interests.”

On the morning of February 2, 2019, Byrd arrived at a bar in Conroe, Texas, to speak with someone on-site who could shed light on a gruesome car crash his ex-girlfriend, Darcy Wade, had been in after leaving that establishment in the hours prior. Unsure she’d survive, Byrd had just visited her in the hospital after Wade’s new boyfriend—an inebriated Eric Lamb, Ray Lamb’s son—drove headlong at 70 miles per hour into a Greyhound bus.

Lamb approached Byrd as he sought to leave the parking lot, furious that Byrd was collecting details on his son’s drunk driving. Both men dialed 911, but it was Byrd who ended up in the back of a police car.

“If I tried to do this and Kevin called police…they would immediately detain me. It would be clear as day that I am the one who is trying essentially to hurt this person,” posits IJ’s Bidwell. “Not only is it that DHS Officer Lamb is trusted here when local police arrive, but then when you try to sue him, you can’t sue him, because he happens to work for the government. There is essentially no win for plaintiffs in such cases.”

Indeed, a federal court ruled in March that Lamb’s federal badge also serves as a shield that grants him absolute immunity from any claim for damages without so much as a jury trial. The decision stems from Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, a 1971 Supreme Court ruling that allowed a man to sue federal officers after they performed a warrantless search of his home and later strip-searched him at a courthouse. That precedent has been watered down over the years by subsequent decisions, requiring that courts analyze if new cases follow the exact same factual framework. If not, judges are told to trash the case when there are “special factors counseling hesitation.”

The decision in Byrd’s case shows just how laughably subjective that standard now is. “Byrd’s lawsuit differs from Bivens in several meaningful ways,” wrote a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. “This case arose in a parking lot, not a private home as was the case in Bivens.” We are somehow supposed to believe that matters significantly enough such that Lamb could not have known his conduct was wrong. What’s more, the panel wrote that “Congress did not make individual officers statutorily liable for excessive-force or unlawful-detention claims.”

Such individuals are slightly more liable for Fourth Amendment violations if they work at the local or state level. But qualified immunity—another legal construct—does a great deal to protect them from accountability, as well. The doctrine holds that government officials can violate your constitutional rights without having to pay for it in civil court so long as the exact way they violated those rights has not yet been ruled unconstitutional in a prior decision from the Supreme Court or in the same federal circuit. It has protected cops who allegedly committed assault and theft, cops who violated the First Amendment, and cops who destroyed property, among others.

But though qualified immunity is difficult to overcome, it’s not impossible, like the cops who didn’t receive the protections after shooting a man 22 times as he lay facedown on the ground.

It is only federal officers who maintain almost complete freedom from accountability, thanks to a hole in constitutional law. For that same reason, St. Paul Police Officer Heather Weyker was able to skirt a civil court trial after fabricating a sex-trafficking ring and throwing innocent people in jail on false charges. A court said she was not entitled to qualified immunity. Yet simply because she completed that job as part of a federal task force, she will not have to pay for her transgressions—a strange loophole given only to the most powerful among us.

Byrd hopes to change that. After reviewing the security footage of that February morning, police eventually arrested Lamb, although he was not terminated from his position. Even with criminal charges filed, however, Lamb was still able to evade the suit, which is scheduled to be conferenced by the Supreme Court next month. Byrd is not the only one hoping for a reprieve. 

“Redress for a federal officer’s unconstitutional acts is either extremely limited or wholly nonexistent, allowing federal officials to operate in something resembling a Constitution-free zone,” said Judge Don Willett of the 5th Circuit, who concurred with the opinion. It was “precedentially inescapable,” he said, his hands tied by past decisions. But it shouldn’t be. 

“It certainly smacks of self-dealing when Congress subjects state and local officials to money damages for violating the Constitution but gives a pass to rogue federal officials who do the same,” he wrote. “I add my voice to those lamenting today’s rights-without-remedies regime, hoping (against hope) that as the chorus grows louder, change comes sooner.”

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Biden supporters blast DHS over Haitian deportations

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas just last month declared Haiti a wreck of a country, facing severe food shortages, lousy health care, a ruined economy, political instability and “staggering” human rights abuses.

Things were so bad, he said on Aug. 3, that 100,000 Haitians who made it to the U.S. by the end of July could get a deportation amnesty.

Now, Mr. Mayorkas is eager to send Haitians back to their country.

Hundreds of people have been flown directly to Port-au-Prince, with four flights out of Texas on Tuesday and three listed for Wednesday.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned,” Mr. Mayorkas vowed while visiting the border Monday.

It’s not clear what has changed, other than the embarrassment of a migrant camp of Haitians springing up on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande and surging to more than 15,000 people late last week.

It’s not clear how many have been deported. Law enforcement sources told The Washington Times that most, particularly families, are being processed and released.

The tough talk and reality of some deportations have divided the Biden administration and people who generally have been fans of the president.

Rep. Al Green, Texas Democrat, pleaded with Mr. Mayorkas on Wednesday to find a way to let the Haitians stay. He said it was bizarre to tell one group that Haiti was too damaged to send them back but give a different story to another group.

“I’m asking, is there some way to reconcile this so that we don’t give the appearance of contradicting ourselves, so that we show there’s some rationale for Haitians remaining here?” he said.

Mr. Mayorkas insisted that the situation has improved over the seven weeks since he declared temporary protected status for Haitians on Aug. 3.

“We have looked at the country conditions and made the determination that in fact we can return individuals who arrived subsequent to July 29 to Haiti,” he told lawmakers this week.

But groups in the impoverished nation say things are as bad as ever.

Doctors Without Borders, which runs a hospital in Port-au-Prince, said armed groups patrol the capital city’s streets and that shootouts have forced people to flee their homes to live in camps with “appalling conditions.”

“It is unconscionable to return migrants against their will to this situation of uncertainty and mortal danger,” said Avril Benoit, executive director of Doctors Without Borders in the U.S. “When people are seeking safety in the U.S., putting them onto planes and forcing them into this context is beyond inhumane.”

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Biden team needs to show compassion for people fleeing horrific conditions.

“Knee-jerk deportations are not the answer,” he said, ticking off a list of ills that have befallen Haiti, including last month’s earthquake, political upheaval and a COVID-19 outbreak that has exposed a pitifully flawed health care system.

As of last month, Mr. Mayorkas agreed with that evaluation.

In his notice in the Federal Register announcing the deportation amnesty, he cited reports of a surge in ransom kidnappings, police complicity in gang attacks, a shrinking economy and a pandemic that has worsened food insecurity.

Haiti is grappling with a deteriorating political crisis, violence and a staggering increase in human rights abuses,” he wrote.

Mr. Meeks and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and House Homeland Security Committee chairman, released a letter to Mr. Mayorkas on Wednesday afternoon — just hours after Mr. Thompson presided over the hearing with the secretary — demanding the documentation behind the conclusion that Haiti can take back deportees.

When Mr. Mayorkas granted temporary protected status, he designated it for 18 months. He chose the most prolonged time allowed by the law, which suggests he figured the country would be in bad shape for a long time.

Mr. Green said the deportations to Haiti are particularly odd because as many as 95% of those showing up in Texas had been living in Chile and Brazil, although they are Haitian nationals.

Another lawmaker said some of the Haitians haven’t been in Haiti in 20 years.

Mr. Mayorkas said the U.S. government is asking Brazil and Chile to take back those people.

Signs of a looming Haitian surge have been evident for months, with migrants leaving South American nations, enticed by images of people being caught and released into the U.S.

The Washington Times asked the Chilean Embassy in Washington in July whether it would accept the return of the Haitians. An embassy spokesman questioned whether many Haitians breaching the U.S. border had been living in Chile.

After Mr. Mayorkas‘ statements this week, The Times renewed its inquiries, but the spokesman did not return messages.

The Brazilian Embassy referred questions to the country’s foreign affairs ministry, which didn’t respond to an inquiry.

Under normal times, Haitians who jumped the border would be put into deportation proceedings but have a chance to stake asylum claims. But the Biden administration is using a pandemic emergency power, known as Title 42 authority, to expel many illegal immigrants immediately.

Mr. Mayorkas said it was the administration’s policy to use Title 42 “to the fullest extent possible.”

A federal judge last week ruled that the use of Title 42 was illegal, but he gave a two-week reprieve.

Unless the Biden team can get an appeals court to stay the judge’s order, the power to expel the Haitians could evaporate next week.

“Ramping up expulsions after a federal court ruled the Title 42 policy illegal is outrageous,” said Blaine Bookey, one of the lawyers involved in the case. “President Biden has chosen to embrace the anti-refugee, anti-Black agenda of the Trump administration, and Haitians and their allies will not forget it.”

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Mayorkas Puts Cavalry Border Agents Who Used Reins to Control Haitian Illegals on Desk Duty Pending Investigation – RedState

My colleague Bonchie covered Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ testimony before Congress, and updated us on the latest regarding “WhipGate”. It is egregious that, instead of addressing the Southern Border being overrun with not only illegal Mexicans, but now illegal Haitians who apparently didn’t come from Haiti, Mayorkas is talking about an incident that was poor optics, but completely within the scope of the function and duties of the Cavalry Border Patrol agents.

As Bonchie wrote:

But while that kind of ridiculous outrage was expected from the low-intellect crowd in the national media, what was far worse was the fact that the White House didn’t come to the defense of the CBP agents involved. Instead, they’ve been playing into the false narrative from the beginning, likely seeing it as a useful distraction from the actual humanitarian disaster at the border they’ve caused.

But Mayorkas must pretend he is doing something in those “18 hour days” he claims he works, so he has benched the agents involved, albeit temporarily.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed Wednesday that Border Patrol agents accused of whipping migrants to prevent them from crossing the US border have been assigned to desk duty — while the incident is investigated with “tremendous speed and with tremendous force.”

Mayorkas addressed the images of the agents in Del Rio, Texas, which he said “correctly and necessarily were met with our nation’s horror,” while testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill.

“They do not reflect who we are as a country, nor do we think they reflect who the United States custom border protection is,” he said.

On Monday, Mayorkas denied that the border patrol agents used whips, but reins to control their horses. He claimed he saw nothing wrong with how the agents acted based on initial viewings of the images and footage.

Today, Mayorkas is throwing the agents under the bus.

What. A. Tool.

Mayorkas doesn’t even bother to try and give credence to the border patrol agents and what their procedures are, nor does he acknowledge the impossible situation the Biden administration has placed them in. Instead, Mayorkas accepts the premise that the agents were actually whipping the “migrants”, and that it is rooted in racism. Then he bends over backwards to apologize for behavior that has been debunked, and shouldn’t even be given credence, because the incident is supposedly being investigated!

This man is the worst form of sycophant.

Mayorkas said the agency is investigating the images, which appeared to show agents using whips to prevent Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande to reach an encampment set up under a Texas bridge. He said that the probe is being conducted with “tremendous speed and with tremendous force,” and the findings would be available in “days, not weeks.”

“Tremendous speed” and “force” meaning what? And days, not weeks? How is Mayorkas going to squeeze that into his 18-hour day? After the dog-and-pony show in front of Congress, how can any investigation of the border patrol agents be objective when this administration has already accepted the premise that something wrong was done, and it’s the agents fault?

This is the gang that can’t shoot straight, so it is doubtful they’ll do anything with haste. But you can guarantee it will be done with the usual gaslighting and confusion.

Mayorkas is creating an untenable situation for these agents already stretched to breaking point. Brandon Judd and Hector Garza of the National Border Patrol Council appeared on the Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle to decry the administration plastering them as racists, and blast Secy Mayorkas for doing nothing to protect and defend agents. They also had a few choice words for the Border Czar, VP McCackles, Kamala Harris.

My colleague Nick Arama covered another debacle with ICE agents and the Haitians:

DHS confirmed to Fox’s Bill Melugin that Haitian migrants who were on a deportation flight back to Haiti caused “two separate disruptions” on the tarmac in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, injuring three ICE officers who sustained non-life threatening injuries. Haitian crowd control police were involved in responding.

No word From Secy Mayorkas about these agents who needed medical care and their bravery and service. No acknowledgement of the difficult work they are required to do, especially with Dementia Joe and his feckless crew gaslighting, burping, and scratching their heads about the “challenge” happening on the Southern Border.

Republican governors are preparing lawsuits against the Biden-Harris administration not only for their bumbling at the border, but vaccine mandates. These border agents could also file a lawsuit against Mayorkas, Raggedy Jen Psaki, and the Department of Homeland Security for slander, as well as creating a hostile and unsafe work environment. The lack of consideration and support from this administration toward people doing all they can to do their job, and who hold the line to protect our national borders is unconscionable.

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Psaki Follows Lead of Corrupt DHS Chief Mayorkas, Refuses to Say How Many Haitians Have Actually Been Deported (VIDEO)

Psaki Follows Lead of Corrupt DHS Chief Mayorkas, Refuses to Say How Many Haitians Have Actually Been Deported (VIDEO)

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After 1.5 million arrests, DHS says border is ‘secure’

Border officials have apprehended more than 1.5 million illegal immigrants at the southern border through the 2021 fiscal year — more than the population of at least 10 states, a congressman noted Wednesday in a hearing over the spiraling crisis. 

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas continued to defend the administration’s handling of the influx of migrants on Wednesday during a virtual hearing with the Homeland Security Committee focused on “Worldwide Threats to the Homeland: 20 Years After 9/11,” despite the number of apprehensions steadily growing almost every month since October 2020. 

During the hearing, Rep. Michael Guest (R-Miss.) pointed to apprehension data from US Customs and Border Protection that showed the steady increase and compared the numbers to several states’ total populations. 

Officials have apprehended more than 1.5 million illegal immigrants at the southern border through the 2021 fiscal year.
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“That number is greater than the population of Montana, greater than the population of Rhode Island, greater than population of Delaware, population in both North and South Dakota, greater than the population of Alaska, though not a state population, the District of Columbia is better than the population of Vermont, it is greater than the population of Wyoming,” he said.

Looking at the 1.5 million apprehensions, The Post was able to confirm that the number from the 2021 fiscal year is greater than the estimated populations of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. 

“I think clearly, these figures show that what we are doing along our southwest border, what the current administration has done, that that’s not working,” Guest said, asking Mayorkas if he stands by his previous statements that the situation at the border is under control. 

Mayorkas defended his previous statements and later during the hearing confirmed his belief that the border is “secure.” 

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has defended the Biden administration’s handling of the influx of migrants.
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“I’ve been quite clear that we do have a plan to address migration at the southern border, execution takes time and we are starting to see the results,” he said, shifting attention to the apprehension numbers from August. 

Last month, border officials apprehended over 208,000 individuals along the southern border, the first dip in such numbers since October of last year. 

“I’d be very pleased to meet with you and discuss with you some of the tools that we have been waiting on to actually drive the results that we saw this past month, and we expect to see in the ongoing months.” 

Despite the dip, the Biden administration has been hit with bipartisan criticism regarding its handling of the influx of migrants. Local and state leaders have joined with lawmakers in sharing concerns that the influx is creating national security threats for the US. 

United States Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021.
US Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19, 2021.
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During Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) claimed that the lack of border security has allowed roughly 200 suspected terrorists to enter the US. Mayorkas did not respond to Higgins’ claim. 

Thousands of migrants have flooded the southern border in recent days, and last week over 10,000 camped under the Del Rio International Bridge. Hundreds of migrants were also seen traveling back and forth across the Rio Grande near the bridge in order to purchase provisions, like food and water, back in Mexico. 

As many have since been boarded onto deportation flights and criticism grows of how some Border Patrol officials have treated the migrants, President Biden on Tuesday vowed to get the situation “under control.”

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