Mayorkas: US has operational control of border using alternative definition
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is standing by his congressional testimony that he believes the United States has operational control of the southern border.
Under the bipartisan Secure Fence Act of 2006, ‘‘operational control’’ means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.
Secretary Mayorkas “By that definition, no administration has ever had operational control. So the way I define it is maximizing the resources that we have to deliver the most effective results and we are indeed doing that. We have for the first time since 2011 increased the number of border patrol agents.”
Mayorkas was pressed on this question during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, because in mid-March the Chief of the Border Patrol said the United States does not.
Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn.: “Does DHS have operational control of our entire border? “
Ortiz: “No. Five of those southwest border sectors are experiencing a higher level of flow than we have seen previously and that creates some unique challenges for us.”
There is bipartisan concern about drug trafficking at the border. Republicans are focusing on cartels and even want to officially designate them as foreign terrorist organizations.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “Anybody believes that we’re in control of the border is in denial. We’ve lost control of our border. The number of people coming across our border on the terrorist watch list is going up like a rocket.”
While Democrats are focused on fentanyl being smuggled in cars and trucks coming across official ports of entry.
Mayorkas: “That is where more than 90% of the fentanyl is. transported through passenger vehicles, through trucks by pedestrians that are lawfully coming into the United States through the ports of entry. We are surging resources to the ports of entry to battle that.”
DHS is requesting hundreds of millions of dollars from Congress for more inspection technology to catch smugglers at ports of entry, they also want to implement artificial intelligence and bring in more personnel. STraight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.