Homeland Security Secretary Snaps At Congressman

Homeland Security Secretary Snaps At Congressman

The sieve that is the southern border of the United States with Mexico is becoming a sore spot with the Secretary of Homeland Security. It seems that in the hot seat in front of a Congressional committee, he did not have an answer to the question of how many people have illegally entered the country – including thousands of Haitians who are not getting here by walking on water – via wading across the Rio Grande and jumping the fence in the desert.

That being the case, the Secretary got testy.

During a virtual hearing with the Homeland Security Committee focused on “Worldwide Threats to the Homeland: 20 Years After 9/11,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had a tense exchange with Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), who pressed him on the matter.

Gimenez first asked Mayorkas to clarify how many immigrants have been apprehended at the border so far this year, which the secretary said was around 1.5 million.

“Let me ask you, [of the] 1.5 million that we’ve apprehended, how many people have been returned?” he asked. “How many people are being detained and how many people have been dispersed?”

Mayorkas did not provide any numbers but said he would be able to provide Gimenez with “specific data” later on.

Seemingly dissatisfied, Gimenez pushed further, criticizing Mayorkas for not having the data when he was asked the same question at a Senate hearing the day before.

“I think you’d be a little bit better prepared now that you’ve been asked that question,” he said.

The secretary fired back, putting blame on his long hours. “I worked 18 hours,” he griped, claiming that when he returned from yesterday’s hearing, he was focused on the situation rather than finding data.

Well, boohoo. At some point in all lives, people put in eighteen hours or more on the job and at home. A parent is always on the job and does not always have a staff to assist and gather data. Mayorkas does. Perhaps the issue is not long hours, but something else entirely.

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