(FreedomWire.org) – On January 26, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with US Border Patrol agents and made a shocking revelation captured on a recording. In the leaked tape, Mayorkas allegedly told the agent the problem at the border is worse than it has been in “at least 20 years.”
He went on to talk about how difficult it was to control the border throughout all of 2021, and the job has not gotten easier almost a month into 2022.
In an apparent attempt to rally the agents and encourage them to do their best, one can hear the secretary commiserating on the recording with the staff about how unpopular the Biden administration’s policies are among them. He then asked them to try and work “within the framework” given to the US Customs and Border Protection policies.
Some of the agents chimed in to express their dismay about how they feel politicians are presenting them to the public at large. One talked about the allegations against them for “whipping” illegal immigrants, and another spoke about how they feel demonized. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz apparently seemed unhappy with the meeting, stating it became more about complaining than solutions.
Princeton Policy Advisor Steven Kopits estimates a whopping 2.1 million apprehensions in 2022, unless the Biden administration does something to get the situation under control. Needless to say, that huge number brings with it all sorts of ancillary issues and costs.