Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified on Wednesday that there is no illegal immigration crisis at the US southern border. This is despite millions of migrants illegally entering the United States since President Biden took office, with more than 240,000 documented illegal entries last month.
The Biden admin official made the claims while testifying before Congress about the border security budget and spending, as well as the record number of illegal immigrants invading the United States.
Sen. Hyde-Smith (R-MS) asked Mayorkas: “So the situation at the border, you’re saying, is not a disaster?”
“That is correct,” Mayorkas answered.
The denial from the secretary comes after US Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) released data last month that shows illegal immigration is the highest it has ever been under the Biden administration.
There were a record 2.4 million apprehensions at the US border in the 2023 fiscal year, per data released by US Customs and Border Protection. In 2022, there were 2.3 million apprehensions.
There has been heightened focus on the crisis at the US-Southern border following the Israel-Hamas war, with Republican officials cautioning that Biden’s open-border policies could result in terrorists entering the country.
CBP data backs those concerns and shows that 172 non-citizens who were on the